Vein Disorders

Nearly 50 percent of the adult population suffers from undesirable, sometimes painful vein disease. The most common types are varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, ropy vessels under the skin. This enlargement is caused by leaking vein valves known as venous reflux disease.

This can lead to symptoms including pain, swelling, aching in the legs and skin disorders. Spider veins are small, blue or red vessels visible within the skin. Treatment methods vary based on the type of vein and the presence of venous reflux disease. Our physicians will determine your best treatment options based on a visual inspection and an ultrasound scan.

Varicose Vein Treatment

Surgical stripping of varicose veins is no longer required. At The Vein Center, we treat venous reflux with an endovenous laser in our office on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound guidance, a catheter is inserted into the saphenous vein. A laser fiber is then used through the catheter to deliver energy to close the vein wall. Varicose veins in branch vessels are then removed under local anesthesia through tiny skin incisions. Once the procedure is complete, blood is rerouted to healthy veins. A compression dressing is placed over the treated area. Walking is encouraged immediately following the procedure. Patients can return to work in 24-48 hours.

Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins often appear on patients with otherwise healthy leg veins. They are not harmful and are often treated for cosmetic reasons. At the Vein Center, we treat spider veins with sclerotherapy, lasers or a combination of both methods. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the spider vein, which causes the vein wall to seal shut, therefore stopping the blood flow. The vein will turn to scar tissue and fade away over a period of weeks. Laser treatment involves sending laser energy through the skin to treat the targeted vein. One to several treatments may be required depending on the number and types of spider veins present.