- VNUS Closure® Procedure
The VNUS Closure® Procedure uses ultrasound by positioning the Closure® catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radio-frequency (RF) energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. The procedure is clinically-proven to treat varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux, with little or no pain. Closure patients can walk away from the vein procedure and be back to everyday activities typically within a day. VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment used to eliminate spider veins and small- to medium-sized varicose veins. The abnormal vein(s) are injected with a solution that is irritating to the vein wall. External compression is applied with pressure dressings and prescription-gradient compression hose. The body then breaks down the damaged abnormal vein and absorbs it, ultimately eliminating the problem vein. The needle used for the injection(s) is very tiny and causes minimal discomfort. The treatment is performed in the physician’s office and there is no pre-treatment preparation. Post-treatment, normal daily activities can be resumed, but prolonged sitting and standing should be avoided for three days, and heavy exercise (weight lifting, running, and high impact aerobics) is discouraged for two weeks. Walking is encouraged. Prescription gradient compression hose are worn for approximately seven to ten days after each treatment. Several treatment sessions are usually required depending on each person’s individual problem. This form of treatment is typically considered cosmetic.
The VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System provides a superior solution for the treatment of fine telangiectasia, spider veins and small angiomas, especially recalcitrant vessels that have shown resistance to sclerotherapy, laser or IPL treatment. VeinGogh is the fast, easy way to reliably treat these and other cosmetically unacceptable conditions, often with less discomfort compared to older therapies.
While lasers and other light-based solutions are expensive, skin-type dependent and have an inherent risk of injury, VeinGogh uses a hair-thin insulated probe to thermocoagulate and instantly eliminate vessels dependably, repeatedly, on any skin-type and on any part of the body.
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- Endovenous Ablation Treatment
The endovenous ablation procedure is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment option for varicose veins. It may be done in the office using local anesthesia. A small catheter is inserted into the problem vein via a puncture near the knee. Using the catheter, a fiber is threaded to the upper end of the vein. As the fiber is withdrawn, it emits radiofrequency energy to close off the vein. Compression therapy is used for several days after the procedure. There is very little discomfort with endovenous ablation treatments and most patients can resume normal activities the next day. Excellent long-term results, with only one treatment, can make the endovenous ablation treatment an attractive choice for the treatment of your varicose veins.
- Laser/Light Therapy
Light therapy is the latest technology in the treatment of spider veins and vascular birthmarks. VeinSolutions has tested a number of different lasers and light sources and currently utilizes light therapy technology. Intense light creates heat energy and is selectively absorbed by the abnormal vein or vascular lesion. The blood vessel then is destroyed and absorbed by the body. The physician can customize the treatment specifically for a person’s skin and lesion type without damaging the surrounding skin. The treatment is performed in the physician’s office and involves no needles, injections or incisions and is tolerated by most people with minimal discomfort. Preparation requires the area being treated to be without sun exposure for four weeks before and after each treatment. A person can resume their routine activities immediately after a treatment. For treatment of leg veins the physician may require prescription-gradient compression hose to be worn for 48 hours. The number of treatments required varies on the size and type of lesion and the person’s individual response. Side effects are typically short term. They may include localized redness or swelling which usually resolves in a few days. Moderate to significant swelling and redness may occur, but should be resolved within seven to 10 days. Bruising, if it occurs, usually disappears within one to two weeks depending on the degree of bruising. This form of treatment is typically considered cosmetic.
- Minimally Invasive Vein Surgery
Surgery may be the treatment of choice for larger varicose veins. The surgeon’s goal is to remove varicosities to achieve the best cosmetic results with minimal scarring and to relieve symptoms of pain or swelling that often occur. While surgery is not indicated for the treatment of small varicose or spider veins, it may be indicated to treat an underlying problem before proceeding with sclerotherapy or light therapy. Today, with the combination of the technology of venous duplex imaging and the meticulous surgical techniques of our vascular surgeons, patients are able to achieve optimal cosmetic and therapeutic results. Surgery is typically performed in a hospital setting on an outpatient basis with average recovery time of one to two weeks. Surgery is generally considered both medically necessary and cosmetic.
- Venous Duplex Imaging
Duplex scanning of veins utilizes ultrasound to visualize a vein in order to determine the exact anatomy, direction of blood flow within a vein and to assess abnormal valves. With this improved ultrasound technology, the physician is better able to diagnosis underlying problems and prescribe a treatment plan tailored to a patient’s individual needs. This is important to achieve the best long-term cosmetic and therapeutic results. VeinSolutions utilizes the on-site Vascular Lab. The test is non-invasive, no preparation is needed and it takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Venous duplex scanning is a diagnostic test and is typically a covered expense by most insurance companies.