Do your legs ache? Are they tired, restless or itchy? Do they swell? Do you have a burning sensation after you stand for a period of time? Do you just not like how they look? Are you troubled by visible veins?
Now is the time to do something about your problem veins. Advances in modern laser technologies, medical specialties, and vein therapy have made treatment of varicose vein disease and spider veins more effective and comfortable than ever. Venous insufficiency is a serious medical issue; left untreated it can cause significant medical complications. Most insurance companies will pay for treatment of symptomatic vein problems.
Dr. Thomas Wright’s vein treatments are a comprehensive, step-by-step process.
First, we conduct examination to diagnose possible venous insufficiencies using ultrasound mapping. If venous reflux of the saphenous vein is found, the vein is ablated using a vein treatment option called Endovenous Laser Ablation or RFA. This is a major improvement over old-school vein stripping. The procedure is comfortable, quick and is performed in our office in a sterile, comfortable environment. The treatment is effective on men and women both, and works for all skin tones, as it does not seek pigment but instead specifically targets veins using an ultrasound view of the leg veins.
Endovenous Vein Treatment and RFA are wonderful alternatives to surgical stripping of the greater saphenous vein. A small laser fiber or radiofrequency probe is inserted, usually through a needle stick into numbed skin, into the damaged vein. Pulses of light are delivered inside the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia. It is quite comfortable. Following the procedure a bandage or compression hose is placed on the treated leg.
Once the underlying problems are treated in the saphenous vein, the remaining branches below the skin are treated. Deep branches — above the saphenous yet not superficial — are best treated with sclerotherapy performed with ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is
done with either a liquid or “foamed” sclerosant while Dr. Wright monitors the vein on an ultrasound screen. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a vein treatment option for unseen veins below the surface of the skin otherwise requiring surgical removal. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.
The last step in treating varicose veins is treating the superficial veins in topmost layer of the skin, often called “spider veins.” Spider veins are caused by dilations of the most superficial veins in the skin. A vein light is often used for these tiny veins to illuminate hidden vessels that feed the spider veins. This ensures a more complete and accurate vein treatment. Visual Sclerotherapy of spider veins is generally considered cosmetic. Most insurance will not cover this last type of vein treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment option using a tiny needle to inject a solution called sclerosant into the veins, irritating the lining of the veins, causing them to close. Sclerotherapy is also used to treat both varicose and spider veins that are seen on the surface of the leg.
This stepped approach — vein ablation, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, sclerotherapy — treats veins from the refluxing to the surface. Each patient’s course of treatment is specifically tailored to his or her needs; there is no ‘one size fits all approach.’
Remember; varicose veins in men and women are both very common, so contact us today for more information about our treatment services! We will give you the best vein treatments for legs in St. Louis.