Problematic veins and their painful symptoms have long been dealt with by those who suffer from the condition known as varicose veins. In the past, physicians were quick to recommend the only known treatment plan which was a surgical option known as vein stripping. Vein stripping requires a patient to undergo full anesthesia while the surgeon uses specific incision points in the body to remove the problematic veins. Once the procedure is complete, patients run the risk of experiencing many side effects including tissue trauma, scarring and possible nerve damage. Recover is generally long and painful requiring significant down time, prescription painkillers and restricted mobility until full heling is achieved. While this procedure is still performed today, it is now one of many options patients have for treatment of problematic veins.
Wonderful advances in technology alongside the strides made in the field of Phlebology mean more safe and effective choices on the market when it comes to treating vein disease. No longer are patients expected to undergo painful procedures but have the freedom to choose from a variety of approaches and methods that fit their particular diagnosis. When it comes to treating varicose veins, many patients now choose Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT). This innovative non-surgical procedure utilizes laser energy to close problematic veins safely and effectively at the source.
This treatment permanently closes malfunctioning veins without removing them. After treatment, they are safely and slowly absorbed by the body. Dr. Wright treats veins using a diode laser delivered by a pencil tip-size probe through a tiny, freckle-sized nick in the skin.
At the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, Dr. Wright often recommends patients suffering with varicose veins choose EVLT as a safe and successful way to treat the condition before greater medical complications are encountered. Closing problematic veins without physically removing them, EVLT is carried out using a diode laser inserted with the assistance of a small probe underneath the skin. Guided into place using ultrasound technology, Dr. Wright is able to place the probe with exact precision near the problematic vein and close the vessel which is then absorbed into the body.
Requiring nothing more than local anesthetic to numb the point of injection, patients are able to walk out of the office post-procedure without scarring or significant pain. For those that do experience mild discomfort, the use of over-the-counter pain relievers generally suffice over the course of a few days. In total, the procedure requires approximately 45-minutes. This comfortable and safe treatment option for varicose veins has been shown to have a success rate of 98% at one-month follow-ups. Additionally, 93.4% of treated veins remained permanently closed at the 2-year follow up.
An additional alternative when it comes to treating leg veins is sclerotherapy. Excellent for treating small veins and spider veins, sclerotherapy requires a physician to inject liquid sclerosant into the veins using a small needle which irritates the lining of the veins to the point of collapse. Often turned to as an option when patients seek cosmetic results, sclerotherapy is an excellent choice when it comes to removing the appearance of fine-surface level veins in a quick and efficient manner.
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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a procedure very similar to EVLT. RFA uses high-frequency energy generated from a radio frequency electric current to safely damage and close the greater saphenous vein from the interior.
Standing in stark contrast to major surgical options such as vein stripping, both EVLT and RFA provide excellent clinical and aesthetic results for patients. Both are performed under only local anesthesia and are minimally invasive, requiring only small access points at injection sites. The time required to perform each treatment is less than one hour and patients experience rapid recovery with reduced pain. Additionally, patients run very little risk of noticeable scarring or postoperative infection and normal daily activities can be resumed post-procedure.
Problematic vein conditions can be both aesthetically displeasing for patients as well as painful. The benefits of utilizing a vein treatment service can mean big and positive lifestyle changes for those who undergo them. Patients can expect to experience relief from swelling, cramps and leg heaviness as well as an overall improvement in general health. Many patients who undergo vein treatment report a renewal in energy and vigor alongside a renewed confidence in their physical appearance. Treatment means patients no longer need to turn to compression stockings for long-term health purposes and achieve peace of mind knowing their vein condition has been cured and not merely slowed.
For more information about our many varicose vein care alternatives In St. Louis. Please contact us by calling or using the form at right to ask questions or schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright. An initial consultation will help us understand your specific needs and work towards a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan.