Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Whether they’re on your thighs, ankles, or calves, having spider veins on legs is the worst! Their dark color can make one self conscious around others. In today’s world, this is not a problem we have to put up with! At Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s Vein Center, there are now spider vein and varicose vein treatments which can virtually eliminate them.
What are Spider Veins in Legs?
Spider veins, as unsightly and embarrassing as they may be, generally pose no real health risk for those who have them. They are actually broken capillaries found just beneath the skin. Their name is derived from the web-like shape they form, and they are frequently red, purple, or blue in color.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be dark purple or blue, and look twisted and bulging. Varicose veins are usually found on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg. They develop when valves in the veins that allow blood to flow toward the heart stop working properly. Blood pools in the veins and causes them to get larger.
Self Help and Prevention
Exercising, losing weight, elevating your legs when resting and not crossing them when sitting can help keep varicose veins from getting worse. Wearing loose clothing and avoiding long periods of standing can also help. If varicose veins are painful or you don’t like the way they look, our specialist can recommend procedures to remove them. The Vein Center at Deborah has a 98% success rate.
Treatments to Help You Feel and Look Better
Radiofrequency Ablation: Venefit™ closure procedure
The Venefit™ closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative with less pain and less bruising compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the Closure system, physicians close the diseased veins by inserting the catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature controlled radiofrequency energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.
During sclerotherapy, our specialists injects a chemical into your varicose veins. The chemical irritates and scars your veins from the inside out so your abnormal veins can then no longer fill with blood. Blood that would normally return to the heart through these veins returns to the heart through other veins. Your body will eventually absorb the veins that received the injection.
Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg. Phlebectomy involves making tiny punctures or incisions in the skin near the varicose vein. Veins are very collapsible and even large veins can be removed through the tiny incisions used in this technique.
Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatment
These ulcers are common in patients who have a history of leg swelling, varicose veins, or a history of blood clots in either the superficial or the deep veins of the legs. Venous ulcers are treated with compression of the leg to minimize edema or swelling. The Venefit closure procedure is also used for selected patients with venous stasis ulcers. The type of treatment prescribed is determined by our specialists based on the characteristics of the ulcer.
Your legs deserve the best care. For more information, please call 1-800-555-1990.