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Vein Care

Venous Insufficiency

Venous InsufficiencyVenous insufficiency is a chronic condition in which blood flows backwards through the leg veins as the result of failed valves in the veins. This results in elevated pressure in the veins of the leg and can cause painful symptoms and serious complications.

Symptoms of venous insufficiency typically include swollen ankles, tightness in the calves, tired, heavy and restless legs. It can lead to dilated veins such as varicose veins and spider veins. It may even cause scarring and pigmentation of the tissues of the lower leg and ulcers that are difficult to heal. It is important that individuals with the aforementioned symptoms seek medical attention to receive the treatment they need.

Varicose Veins

Radio-frequency Closure ChicoVaricose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords. Varicose veins are one of the manifestations of venous insufficiency as described above.

Varicose veins can be painless, but in addition to their unsightly appearance they can cause aching, throbbing, cramping, and heaviness. Treatment options begin with noninvasive methods such as compression stockings, elevation, and weight loss. Patients that remain symptomatic after these noninvasive methods may also benefit from more advanced forms of treatment. Radiofrequency closure, also known as the VNUS closure procedure, laser ablation, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy are treatment techniques that may also be recommended for your condition.

Spider Veins

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible within the skin. They are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy (and other conditions that involve changes in hormone levels), weight gain, long periods of standing, and certain medications. They often appear red or blue, and because they form on the face, thighs, calves and ankles, many patients are bothered by the way they look. Others seek medical treatment for uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping. The standard treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy and treatment of the underlying cause.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot, also known as a thrombus, forms in a vein deep within the body. Treatment for deep vein thrombosis aims to keep the blood clot from getting bigger, breaking loose, and causing a pulmonary embolism. This can be accomplished through anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications, thrombolytics to break up the clot, or filters to prevent it from traveling to the lungs. Compression stockings can help increase circulation and may useful in both treating and preventing deep vein thrombosis.

Radio-frequency Closure

Varicose Veins Treatment | Spider Veins Treatment | Venous Insufficiency Treatment | ChicoVNUS Closure® is a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins and its common underlying cause, venous reflux. Instead of surgically removing the diseased vein, the VNUS Closure procedure delivers radio frequency (RF) energy via a catheter to the clogged vein, which shrinks in the heat and eventually closes. Anesthetic and a saline solution are also injected to numb the leg, squeeze blood from the vein and protect surrounding tissue. Ultrasound imaging is used to locate the treatment site, guide the catheter, and confirm that the vein has been fully closed.

After the procedure, blood is naturally re-routed through other, healthier veins in the body. VNUS Closure offers benefits over vein stripping and other treatment methods such as faster treatment and recovery time, less discomfort during and after the procedure, and little or no scarring, bruising or swelling. VNUS Closure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia in as little as 45-60 minutes.

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Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove varicose veins that are too large to treat with sclerotherapy. Microphlebectomy uses tiny punctures to remove damaged veins and divert blood flow to healthy veins. It can be performed under local anesthesia in our office. There is very little downtime after this procedure. After the microphlebectomy procedure, patients are usually required to wear compression stockings for 2 weeks to help minimize swelling and bleeding.

Sclerotherapy

Varicose Veins Treatment | Spider Veins Treatment | Venous Insufficiency Treatment | ChicoSclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to close off and gradually disappear. This is the preferred treatment for spider veins and has been used since the 1930s. This procedure is performed in our office and takes no more than half an hour. Most patients need 2 to 4 treatments in order to achieve desired results.

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