Vein disease and other vein problems such as varicose veins, spider veins and leg ulcers can vary from minor cosmetic issues to serious conditions which must be treated immediately. Luckily, many treatment options are available and most can be performed either in a doctor’s office, an outpatient surgery center or a vein center. If you need a vein center, here’s some information to help you make a choice, from Metro Vein Centers in Houston, Texas.

Vein Problems

varicose veins and spider veins are probably the primary reason why people need treatment in a vein center. Both occur when the tiny flaps of vein tissue called valves become weak or stop functioning properly. Once a valve stops working, blood can flow backward and pool in the veins. The resulting twisted, distended veins – known as varicosities or varicose veins – make many people feel self-conscious about wearing shorts or swimming attire. Varicose veins can also cause burning, itching, swelling, leg pain and in some cases skin ulcers. Spider veins are essentially the same as a varicose vein, except that they are much smaller and can occur in places like the face as well as on the legs. Spider veins don’t usually cause symptoms, but they may be clearly visible, creating an esthetic issue.

What’s Special About a Vein Center?

A vein center is dedicated to diagnosing, managing and treating vein problems. Among the specialized services you might find in a vein center are diagnostic services like non-invasive venous reflux and venous duplex studies. Medical management may be appropriate in some cases, either because the patient has no symptoms or because her or she doesn’t want more extensive therapy. In that case, our vascular and vein specialists might order custom-fitted support hose for varicose veins or recommend other conservative treatments. In others, the patient has distressing symptoms or wants a more aggressive approach, which includes a number of minimally invasive treatments.

What Services Does a Vein Center Offer?

At Metro Vein Centers, we offer four different kinds of treatments. Transdermal laser therapy is used on spider veins. The laser is moved over the skin surface, heating the vein below and making it collapse and disappear. Sclerotherapy also results in the vein scarring closed, but it is accomplished through the injection of a special solution that makes the vein swell, collapse and scar. In both cases, the veins are absorbed into the surrounding tissues. Endovenous laser ablation therapy involves the insertion of a tiny laser catheter through a very small incision. The catheter is threaded into the vein to be treated, where it heats the vein tissue and makes it scar closed. In ambulatory phlebectomy, the doctor makes two tiny incisions and pulls the vein out through the skin with a special hook.

Our vein specialists are members of different medical specialties, but all are dedicated to helping solve your vein problems. Contact us today for an appointment. We can answer any questions you may have about vein problems or vein centers.