If your surface level veins have become dilated, bulging, or twisted, you may be experiencing varicose veins. Heredity factors or family history, pregnancy, trauma, prolonged standing or sitting, age and obesity can cause these unattractive veins. Varicose veins are usually progressive, meaning that in most cases, they get worse over time if left untreated. Luckily there are treatment options available to reverse vein disease and the appearance of unattractive, bulging varicose veins.
- Compression Stockings: Varicose veins vary in their severity. Some patients find relief with conservative treatments such as leg elevation and compression stockings. Pressure on the legs with compression stockings helps reduce the size and painful symptoms of the bulging veins. Many doctors and insurance companies will recommend compression stockings before more intense treatments are performed.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Laser Closure:During an EVLA treatment, a thin laser fiber is inserted through the diseased vein via a tiny needle, involving no incision, and thermal energy is delivered to the diseased vein, effectively sealing, or “closing” the unhealthy vein, and eliminating all bulging varicose veins. The blood is then re-routed through healthier veins, thus restoring normal blood circulation. There is minimal downtime, scarring, and bruising.
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy: Varicose veins, or tributary branches, that are just below the skin’s surface and not visible to the eye, often need to be treated using Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. Using an ultrasound, an FDA-approved medication is injected into the unhealthy veins, just below the skin’s surface. The medication creates inflammation within the lining of the vein, causing it to seal itself shut, which the body than reabsorbs over time.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Ambulatory Phlebectomy, also known as micro-phlebectomy, or “hook” phlebectomy, is a micro-extraction procedure used to remove the actual superficial bulging varicose veins, both large and small, through very small (1/16 – 1/8 inch) micro-incisions. This is performed after the endovenous laser ablation that treats the actual underlying cause of the bulging varicose veins. The micro-incisions are so small that they seldom require a stitch, and once healed, are rarely visible.
Treatment for bulging leg veins, or varicose veins, depends on their severity. Many patients don’t experience any discomfort with varicose veins, while others feel pain, fatigue, and swelling. Fortunately, varicose vein treatments at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz are:
- Minimally invasive
- Performed as in-office procedures
- Often covered by most insurance companies
- Have minimal downtime or discomfort
- Require no general anesthetic
To learn more about the treatment of Varicose Veins, schedule your consultation with Kansas City’s “Original Vein Doctor,” Dr. Craig Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is a triple board-certified vascular surgeon and has performed over 12,000 vein procedures. Schedule a free vein screening today by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park.
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