Vascular Disease & Varicose Veins
We Have the Map to Healthy Legs
On your feet a lot? Dry and itchy legs? Back pain? Swollen legs? Tired legs?
What Causes Vein Problems?
A variety of life events can cause problems in veins, such as pregnancy, a job where you’re on your feet a lot and/or wearing heavy gear. Also, vein issues can result from genetic factors. Even without these risk factors, you can develop problems with blood flow in your lower extremities. Almost 1 in 3 people over the age of 45 have some kind of venous disease.
Why Should I Be Concerned About My Veins?
Early symptoms may seem minor. However, more serious problems like ulcers, blood clots, leg cramps and skin changes can develop if not treated in time. These issues may become permanent. Vein disease can cause a lot of these symptoms in your legs:
• Aching and Painful Legs & Feet
• Blood Clots
• Tiredness and Fatigue
• Restless Legs
• Leg Cramps, Throbbing or Swelling
• Skin Irritation
• Varicose/Spider Veins
• Venous Ulcers
How Do We Diagnose Your Problem?
During your first visit, we’ll go over any questions you may have! You will then have an ultrasound performed by your vein screening specialist. Based on your ultrasound results and a detailed evaluation by our healthcare team, we can determine what’s going on with your veins and what exactly is causing issues in your legs.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
We always strive to give you the best results possible with the least invasive procedures available. During your initial evaluation, we will review the compression stocking option and other lifestyle changes that may help your legs feel better prior to scheduling any procedure. Based on what you and your physician discuss, you WILL mutually decide on a plan of action!
What Is Radiofrequency Vein Ablation (RFA)?
This technique allows us to treat the cause of your problems without ANY Surgery. This unique procedure uses a specialized catheter to close off any affected veins (varicose veins) that are causing issues for your body by improving circulation and functionality of your legs.
What is Sclerotherapy?
We offer sclerotherapy to treat spider veins and other unappealing veins. This form of therapy usually follows Radiofrequency vein ablation to ensure improved functionality and presentability of your legs.
How Is The Procedure Performed & Is This Surgery?
On your treatment day, an ultrasound technician will map out the location of the affected vein/s needing treatment. Then, your leg will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent any possible infection. You will be given local anesthesia to numb the affected area (Similarly to what dentists use). Using technological advances, we will close the affected vein/s from the inside. NO incisions or cuts are required or made by the physician. A small band-aid is used to cover the procedure site afterwards and a compression stocking is applied over the treated leg to prevent bruising, tenderness and to ensure proper blood flow throughout your leg. The total length of the procedure from start to finish is 30 minutes.
What Happens After My Procedure?
• You CAN return to work the day after your procedure.
• There are NO activity limitations after, but do NOT engage in any strenuous activity, take a bath or swim for 24 hours.
• You CAN take a shower!
• You WILL wear a compression stocking when you leave the office, which you WILL need to sleep in for the first 2 days after treatment, removing it ONLY to shower.
• It is VERY important to keep moving and maintain a normal level of activity. Walking twice daily for 20 minutes is encouraged and promotes a speedy recovery.
• Avoid ANY prolonged sitting or standing for the first week.
• Elevate BOTH of your legs at least 3 times a day for 5-10 minutes.