Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment
Patients’ concerns about veins range from spider veins to varicose veins. Our office offers treatments for all concerns and severity of vein disease.
Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for removing spider veins. It is a very cost-effective procedure that seldom leaves a scar or produces adverse effects. The procedure involves the injection of a sclerosing agent into the varicose veins using a very small needle. Sclerotherapy generally requires multiple treatment sessions. One to three injections are usually required to effectively treat any vein. The same area should not be retreated for four to six weeks to allow for complete healing, although other areas may undergo treatment during this time.
Although sclerotherapy works for existing spider veins, it does not prevent new ones from developing. If patients are experiencing underlying venous disease they should consider an ultrasound evaluation to determine the severity of their veins.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and entails the removal of varicose veins in segments through very tiny openings in the skin. There is minimal discomfort, scarring and a lower risk of nerve impairment in contrast to standard vein stripping. After the vein is removed, there are no lumpy tender areas because the vein is completely gone.
The closure is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is transmitted through a catheter tip to heat the vein, leading to shrinkage of collagen in the vessel wall. Because the closure procedure virtually eliminates reflux and unsightly varicose veins, it is ideal for patients suffering from symptoms of pain, heaviness and fatigue in their legs.