Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear to be above the surface of the skin. They often appear twisted, dark blue and swollen. Symptoms can range from mild to severe with leg swelling, aching, throbbing, and calf pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time. They can result from reflux (backflow) of blood down the superficial (Saphenous) vein.
- Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close the saphenous vein which feeds the varicosities. Endovenous ablation is an image-guided procedure that uses heat generated by radiofrequency or laser energy to seal off these faulty vessels, diverting blood flow immediately to nearby healthy veins.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of larger varicose veins on the surface of the leg. Best used with a visible bulging vein, ambulatory phlebectomy involves removing the bulging veins through small freckle-size incisions while using a local anesthetic. The permanent removal of the veins leads to excellent long-term results, including optimal cosmetic appearance with minimal scarring at a competitive cost.
Patients who undergo ambulatory phlebectomy wear compression stockings for 2 weeks following treatment and can return to normal activity right away.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but smaller and are on the very surface of the skin. Spider veins are superficial veins that appear blue, purple or red in color. Spider veins usually appear in three shapes, branch like, linear, or spider-shaped.
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