Can any doctor provide varicose vein treatment or do you need to see a specialist? A vein center offers focused solutions for vein diseases like venous insufficiency. The days of going to the hospital to remove varicose veins are over because vein centers do exist to provide high tech treatments that reduce recovery time and pain. Consider some of the options available that you won’t find anywhere but a vein center.
Duplex ultrasound is not a treatment, but a diagnostic tool that allows vascular surgeons to evaluate your vein health and find areas where blood flood is compromised. This distinctive type of ultrasound is also used to help pinpoint veins during a treatment such as sclerotherapy.
Most initial visits include vein mapping with the duplex ultrasound. The clinic staff takes the information found during mapping and creates a comprehensive treatment plan to improve your vascular health.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment or EVLT is a minimally invasive surgical option for varicose veins. EVLT involves the use of lasers to irritate the walls of a problem vein and force it to close. Once the vein collapses, the body reroutes the blood flow and the vein disappears over time. The EVLT procedure takes less than an hour to complete and is done under local anesthesia at the clinic.
Doctors at the vein clinic receive specially training to use this high-tech piece of equipment.
Transdermal Laser Treatment
The Transdermal laser option works best on smaller veins near the surface. Spider veins are tiny varicose veins that appear under the skin as red, blue and purple webs. With this treatment, the surgeon uses a pulsed light tool to heat the veins, forcing them to close. It takes just minutes to complete and is painless. The patient is up and able to return to normal activities almost immediately.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins. The doctor injects a sclerosing solution into the tiny veins, irritating the walls until they collapse. The treatment takes about 10 minutes.
Ambulatory phlebectomy works on superficial veins near the surface. These are the ugly varicose veins that look like twisted ropes bulging under the skin. A vascular surgeon makes tiny incisions along the vein and then the problem vein is hooked, pulled out and removed. Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually done with another treatment like EVLT to improve leg health and appearance.
Going to a vein clinic allows those with varicose veins to avoid the costly surgery that can sideline them for weeks. Most treatments take just a few minutes and have you up and moving right away.