The varicose vein clinic offers the latest treatment options for varicose veins including a Dornier Laser. This laser combined with sclerotherapy and surgical ligation will provide comprehensive care options for patients with all degrees of varicose veins, from superficial “spider veins” to severe varicosities.
The new laser procedure for greater saphenous vein incompetence is performed with local anesthetic, usually takes less than an hour, and people can return to normal daily activity immediately. The results are dramatic.
Surgical vein removal or “vein stripping” was a common treatment of varicose veins prior to the availability of this new technology. Pain, bruising and scarring were common with that technique.
The surgeon uses a technique, which utilizes heat from the laser to close the great saphenous vein, a common cause of varicose veins. The laser also can be used to treat superficial spider veins without any incisions and only topical anesthetic, and can be done in 20-minute sessions.
This minimally-invasive treatment is an outpatient procedure. After applying local anesthetic to the vein, the surgeon inserts a thin catheter, about the size of a strand of spaghetti, into the vein and guides it up the great saphenous vein in the thigh. Then laser energy is applied to the inside of the vein. This heats the vein and seals the vein closed.
There may be minor soreness or bruising, which can be treated with over-the counter pain relievers. There is no scar, because the procedure does not require a surgical incision, just a nick in the skin, about the size of a pencil tip.
About Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting one in two people age 50 or older, and about 15 percent of men and 25 percent of women overall. Risk factors include age, family history, female gender and pregnancy. Symptoms caused by varicose veins include aching pain, easy leg fatigue, and leg heaviness, all of which worsen as the day progresses. Many people find they need to sit down in the afternoon and elevate their legs to relieve these symptoms.
Varicose veins are a symptom of venous insufficiency with pooling of blood in the veins. Normally, stop valves in the vein close to keep blood from flowing downward with gravity. When the valves in the vein become weak and don't close properly, they allow blood to flow backward, or reflux. Varicose veins are prominent veins that have lost their valve effectiveness and, as a result of dilation under pressure, become elongated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened.
A common cause of varicose veins is reflux within the great saphenous vein in the thigh, which leads to pooling in the visible varicose veins below. By closing the great saphenous vein, the varicose branch veins below shrink and improve in appearance. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to carry blood from the leg, re-establishing normal flow.
Many insurance companies cover the treatment of varicose veins because it is not just a cosmetic procedure. Varicose veins indicate venous insufficiency, which is a medical condition that causes symptoms for many people.
For more information about the Varicose Vein Clinic of Enid, call 580-616-7634.