SPIDER & VARICOSE VEINS
Many people inherit vein disorders. The incidence is higher in women than men. In the United States, nearly 50% of the adult population suffers from painful and unsightly vein diseases. The most common forms being spider and varicose veins.
The doctor will gather information before recommending a treatment approach for your vein problem. Before moving ahead with treatment he must rule out more serious problems with the deep vein system. The root of most vein problems is venous insufficiency (veins not functioning well in carrying blood back to the heart)
Spider veins are small blue or red vessels visible within the skin, usually on the leg, face, neck or chest. Varicose veins are dilated and ropy-appearing blue vessels visible under the skin, ¼-inch or larger in diameter. Varicose veins typically cause pain, fatigue and swelling – and sometimes even more serious complications.
Until recently, the removal of varicose veins required the actual stripping of the vein – a surgical procedure that requires an overnight hospital stay, a painful recovery period – and possible scarring from incisions and post-operative infections.
After your evaluation, the physician will develop a treatment plan. This plan is tailored to your individual needs. You may have several options. Your treatment options may include injections, minimally invasive procedures, or surgery. One or more of these may be recommended. All treatments destroy or remove veins. (The remaining veins take over the workload, carrying the blood where it needs to go. Blood flow then becomes more efficient.)
The FDA – cleared Endoluminal Laser Ablation of the Greater Saphenous Vein procedure sounds complicated – but it’s actually a very quick, minimally invasive therapy, which causes little or no side effects, and has shown to be highly effective in eliminating varicose veins.
During the 45-minute procedure, the involved area of your leg is anesthetized and a thin laser fiber is placed into the affected vein. The physician will then deliver laser energy via the fiber to damage and eventually eliminate the vein. The fiber is then removed and a compression bandage is put on your leg. Walking immediately following the procedure is encouraged, and normal activities can be resumed.
The laser can also be used for spider veins. The wavelength safely passes through the skin and is absorbed by the targeted blood vessel. The vein will gradually disappear, leaving the skin intact.