Diagnostic ultrasound is used to identify the source of your varicose or spider veins. Ultrasound demonstrates the direction of blood flow, size of vessel, and the location of disease. By obtaining an accurate mapping of the veins, your physician is then able to plan a course a treatment specific to your needs.
Sclerotherapy is commonly used to treat both varicose veins and spider veins. This procedure involves injecting a small volume of an FDA approved medicine (sclerosant) into the diseased vein using a small needle. This sclerosant medicine acts on the lining of the vein, causing it to seal closed and eventually disappear. It is quickly performed in the physician’s office and no anesthesia is required.
What Is the Recovery?
When the procedure is completed, a compression stocking is used to reduce swelling and promote healing. Our patients can resume regular daily activities with only a few limitations. We usually ask patients to return to our office within one week so that the doctor can evaluate the treatment area.
Will my varicose veins come back?
Varicose veins are a chronic condition. If you have the inherited tendency, you will always be at risk for developing more. There isn’t any treatment that can completely protect you against the development of new varicose veins. If new veins do appear, they are usually very easy to treat.
What Are the Risks?
Temporary discoloration around the treated area
Mild bruising or swelling
Tenderness which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications
Infection at the incision site
Endovenous Laser Treatments
Endovenous Laser Treatments – Endovenous Laser Ablation is a superior alternative to the “old” surgical stripping of malfunctioning veins. It is the newest, most effective and least invasive procedure to treat your leg veins and generally takes less than an hour. Using a local anesthetic, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small entry point. Laser energy is delivered to the diseased vein causing it to collapse, seal closed and eventually disappear.