Varicose Veins Treatment
What are varicose veins?
Unlike the arteries, the veins in our legs depend on the muscles to return the blood, against the gravity, back to the heart. To help this process, the veins have a series of valves in them that prevent blood from flowing backward. If these valves get damaged and leak the blood has trouble moving upward. As a result, the blood back-flows in the veins and their side branches causing engorgement. These swollen veins can form spider, reticular or varicose veins.
How do they occur?
Factors that may contribute to this condition include genetic factors, pregnancy, excess weight and standing on your feet for long periods of time.
What are the symptoms?
Varicose veins in your legs are enlarged and may look blue or twisted. You may have no other symptoms, or you may have:
- swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
- cramps or charley horse
- general aching in the legs or aching in the area where the veins are swollen
- feeling of heaviness in legs, or leg muscles that tire easily
- itching of the skin around the veins
- discoloration or sores on your skin, especially near the ankle, from poor circulation.
As varicose veins aren’t always visible, sometimes vein disease can progress without one even suspecting it.
How is it diagnosed?
We will first get a thorough history and examine your legs. The confirmation of the diagnosis requires a specialized ultrasound of your legs that we will do in our Alpha Vein Clinic .
How is it treated?
Since the valves in the legs cannot be repaired, the only alternative is to re-route blood flow from the diseased veins to healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. The “Radio Frequency Ablation“, “Clarivein Occlusion” or “VenaSeal” , however, provide a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the diseased vein. Once the diseased vein is closed, it becomes scar tissue and is eventually absorbed by the body. The Radio Frequency Ablation uses a highly specialized catheter to be inserted into the vein in order to cauterize the bad vein and close it off for ever. Accordingly, the better and healthier veins will take over. The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, non-sclerosant procedure that uses a proprietary medical adhesive delivered endovenously to close the vein. Clarivein however uses a combination of chemical and mechanical rotation to shut off the vein.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, there’s really no reason to wait. At the Alpha Vein Clinic we can conduct an assessment to pinpoint the root of your problem and help you form the best plan to address it. Today’s vein treatment options require little-to-no recovery time and are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.