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Varicose Veins

If you suffer from problems related to varicose veins, you are not alone. It is estimated that 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or spider veins. While some seek treatment for aesthetic improvement, many seek relief from the pain. The Emory Aesthetic Center offers vascular surgeons onsite that provide effective treatment for those living with the pain and aesthetic concerns of varicose veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg up to the heart. Arteries bring blood from the heart to the extremities. Veins, which have one-way valves, channel blood back to the heart. If the valves do not function well, blood does not flow efficiently. The veins become enlarged because they are congested with blood. These enlarged veins are called either spider veins or varicose veins. Spider veins are small red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger, swollen veins that are located deeper than spider veins.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Pain in the legs is frequently related to abnormal leg veins. Symptoms, often made worse by prolonged standing, including feelings of fatigue, heaviness, aching burning, throbbing, itching, cramping, or restlessness in the legs. Leg swelling can also occur. Vein disorders are not always visible. Therefore, noninvasive diagnostic techniques, such as ultrasonography, may be used to determine the cause and severity. In addition, an initial consultation is used to determine the best course of treatment.

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Spider veins are treated in the office by using sclerotherapy. This treatment involves injecting a chemical directly into the veins with a tiny needle, causing them to collapse and be absorbed by the body over a period of several days or weeks.

Endovenous Vein Treatment

Endovenous vein treatment is an alternative to surgical stripping of the greater saphenous vein. A small catheter is inserted into the damaged vein through a small nick in the skin. Radiofrequency waves are delivered inside the vein, which causes it to collapse and seal shut. The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia. Following the procedure, a bandage and compression hose are placed on the treated leg. Endovenous vein treatment is FDA approved for the treatment of the greater saphenous vein. A vascular surgeon, along with a registered vascular ultrasound technologist, perform the procedure.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive method for the removal of varicose veins. This treatment is performed in the office under local anesthesia and involves the use of tiny incisions that typically leave nearly imperceptible marks. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and compression stocking are worn for a short period of time.

Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins
Endovenousr Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment Process
The laser inserted into the vein and threaded to the beginning of the damaged portion. The laser is then slowly withdrawn, delivering energy along the way to collapse and seal the damaged vein.

Endovenous laser treatment is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved outpatient alternative to surgical stripping of the greater saphenous vein to treat varicose veins. After applying local anesthesia, a small laser fiber is inserted into the damaged vein to deliver continuous laser light, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. Afterwards, a bandage or compression hose is placed on the treated leg

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