More than 20%
of the population
suffer from spider, reticular
and/or varicose veins!
There are valves in all our veins.
These valves have an important role to play. To make it short & sweet - arteries take blood away from the heart, getting it oxygen, & veins return this oxygen enriched blood to your heart, thus
completing the cycle of circulation!
When our vein valves malfunction, they allow blood to come back down into the vein, instead if pushing it up towards the heart. This backflow causes the blood pool in the vein, stretching the vein &
causing what we see as varying sized, enlarged, blue colored veins.
What are SPIDER, RETICULAR
& VARICOSE veins?
VEIN ELIMINATION TREATMENTS
Even More Options
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The latest in minimally invasive vein ablation technology eliminates painful and problematic reticular and varicose veins via radio-frequency technology. These veins are deemed medically necessary to treat so this is not the best option for solely cosmetic vein issues. Studies show that the Venefit™ procedure in which a vein specialist inserts a Covidien ClosureFast™ endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter is 93% effective.
The Venefit™ procedure is performed in our vein specialist's office with a local anaesthetic and eliminates the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. There is little to no scarring and it's been proven to be up to four times faster vein circulation in patients’ with the ClosureFast™ catheter versus a laser based catheter. This is huge when it comes to relieving the pain of severe varicose sufferers.
Our vein specialists insert the ClosureFast™ catheter into the vein through a tiny incision below the knee. Using ultrasound imaging, the physician treats the faulty segment of vein with a 20-second burst of radiofrequency energy. This energy causes the vein to shrink around the catheter. Then the physician draws out the catheter, continuing the treatment on each vein segment until the entire length of it has been sealed. An average 45 cm length vein can be treated in just 3-5 minutes. After the vein is sealed shut, blood will naturally re-route to healthy veins.
We encourage patients to walk right after treatment and they can basically get back to routine life, staying away from strenuous leg work for up to 2 weeks. There's less bruising, instant relief and a fast recovery using this procedure and its helped many of our patients get healthy and pain-free legs.
Eliminating ugly spider and varicose veins is also possible with the technology behind Endovenous Laser Ablation (abbreviated as EVLA) which basically works via a laser sending strong bursts of light onto the vein until it disappears. Clinical studies show that EVLA has a 98% success rate the first time around and has exceptional long-term results.
The process can be performed in-office with only a local anaesthetic. We use a duplex ultrasound that maps out your vein and allows our Doctors to target the faulty vein valve. Then a thin laser fiber goes into your leg through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee. Light from the laser is beamed as it works its way through and out of the vein, sealing the vein shut and redirecting the flow of blood into a healthy vein.
Patients walk immediately after the procedure and can go right back to every day life, you just have to wait a little bit before doing more rigorous activities, like running and going to the gym. There might be some soreness and bruising but any discomfort is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medicines, like asprin.
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Doctors can also eliminate painful or simply cosmetic spider, reticular and varicose veins through sclerotherapy and foam-based sclerotherapy. With this option, our Doctors inject either a liquid or foam-based solution directly into the vein. This solution causes the enlarged vein to scar from within and collapse, forcing the blood to move through healthier veins. Improving circulation and the appearance of the faulty vein as its tissues are reabsorbed by the body.
The process can also be performed in-office without any anaesthetic and only takes about an hour! It is more typically used in cosmetic cases, where pain and suffering aren't as much of an issue. Its a great and effective standard in many vein treatments but it can take longer to see the results and might, in some cases, require multiple injections.
Patients can walk immediately after the procedure and can go right back to every day life, but you still have to wait to go back to the gym for a little bit and will need to wear compression stockings for a couple weeks to help the healing process.
STRIPPING & LITIGATION
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The only elimination procedures involving surgical removal of the vein through more traditional methods is vein stripping and vein litigation, but this is still considered a minor surgery and is done via minimally invasive techniques so these still do not require hospitalization and involve regional or general anesthesia.
Vein stripping or litigation is used usually for large varicose veins or to prevent venous skin ulcers from returning after the treatment. Its also used when your legs ache, swell and feel heavy after standing or on varicose veins that have begun to bleed or when ulcers develop. If there's a damaged vein in the area where it joins superficial veins in the knee or groin - where radiofrequency and laser ablation catheters might otherwise be utilized, our vein specialists might also prefer vein stripping or litigation.
Essentially, stripping and litigation are removal of the damaged portion of the vein. If a bunch of vein valves in one vein and/or the vein itself is heavily damaged then Doctors remove or "strip" the damaged portion by making an incision below the damage where they insert and thread a flexible instrument up the vein, grab it and remove it back out another incision above the vein. Then the cut portion of the vein is tied off or "litigated" near the incisions.
Sometimes, once the Doctor litigates the vein, the blood will automatically re-route through a healthy vein and eliminate the need for stripping. Patients undergoing vein stripping or litigation experience a little longer recovery period of 5-8 weeks and need to stay home for a few days following their surgery but most patients go home the same day of their surgery.