The ABC's of Varicose Veins
Are you suffering from leg pain, swelling, itching or leg ulcers? Have these conditions gotten so bad that they are affecting your quality of life? If so, you’re not alone. Over 25 million Americans share the same problem and wait until it is too late, allowing the condition to worsen over time. Don’t let that happen to you! We ask you to review the information on this page, call us and take the first step to feeling better.
About Physician's Vascular Services
Causes and Symptoms
- • Enlarged, bulging veins
- • Burning or itching
- • Bleeding
- • Swelling
- • Leg pain
- • Tired, heavy legs
- • Numbness
Certain factors put you at risk:
- • Family history
- • Age
- • Gender (women are at a greater risk than men)
- • Pregnancy
- • Lifestyle
- • Obesity
- • Injury
Radio Frequency Ablation/Venefit Procedure
Under the trademark name Venefit™ Procedure, Radio Frequency (RF) ablation works by using a catheter to direct Radio Frequency energy into the vein walls. As a result, the damaged vein shuts down and the blood flow is redirected to healthier veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
As one of the leading new treatments for varicose veins, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is done under local anesthesia. Once the skin is numbed, laser energy is directed at the varicose vein using a laser fiber.
Varicose veins that are large and close to the surface of the skin often react well to ambulatory phlebectomy, a procedure in which the surgeon applies a local anesthetic and then makes a very small (1 mm) incision through which the diseased vein can be extracted.
Sclerotherapy is another popular treatment for spider veins. The sclerosing agent causes the vein to fragment, after which it is reabsorbed by the body. This minimally invasive procedure inflicts little if any discomfort or bruising.
UGS (Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy)
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy uses a similar approach to normal sclerotherapy but deploys the additional technology of ultrasound imaging to locate damaged veins far below the surface of the skin. This enables your physician to ensure proper placement of the sclerotherapy devise even when the affected veins are beyond view.