Many people inherit disorders that cause unsightly veins to appear on the surface of their skin. Fortunately, with the help of a skilled Vascular Surgeon, you can often get relief from these problems with a simple outpatient procedure. Under the care of vascular surgeon Dr. Paul Bressman, we are offering treatments for these disorders and cosmetic problems.
Varicose Veins, Spider Veins and Venous Reflux Disease
Varicose veins are large, bulging blue veins that typically appear on the legs. The development of varicose veins is caused by a failure of valves that connect the high-pressure central veins to the low-pressure surface veins. This causes high-pressure recirculation of blood and painful symptoms. Unsightly varicose veins can be treated with laser therapy and microphlebectomy, and these two therapies are often combined for best results.
Spider veins are visible red and blue clusters of veins just below the surface of your skin. You might see them on your legs, face, neck or chest. Spider veins are typically fed by a root vein, which must be treated so the veins do not return. Treatment involves laser therapy for the surface veins and sclerotherapy for the root vein. This dual therapy treatment is highly efficient for removing spider veins. The laser energy penetrates below the skin to collapse and seal the surface veins while sclerosing solution is injected into the root vein, causing it to close.
Venous reflux disease is caused by dysfunctional valves in the leg veins that allow backward blood recirculation due to incomplete valve closure. You may be at risk for venous reflux disease if you have a family history of vein problems, stand for long periods, engage in heavy lifting or have had multiple pregnancies. If you have the following symptoms, they may be related to venous reflux disease:
- Varicose veins
- Restless legs
- Heaviness / fatigue
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Pain, aching, cramping
- Skin burning and itching
VNUS Closure is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux, with little or no pain and can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic.
With ultrasound, the ClosureFAST catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers controlled heat to the vein wall causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-rerouted to healthy veins. Patients who undergo this procedure typically resume normal activities within one day.
Foam Sclerotherapy with the Tessari method
For sclerotherapy, with Sotradecol solution has become the standard of care. With the advent of the Tessari Method, larger amounts of vein can be cleared with smaller amounts of medicine. This refinement has greatly improved patient comfort and safety making Foam Sclerotherapy a truly painless experience.
To learn more about these and other treatments for vein disorders, contact Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire by scheduling a free consultation. Call (909) 579-3111 to get started.