Columbus Vein Treatment Services
In the past, vein surgery, in the form of a procedure called ligation and stripping, was believed to be the only effective medical approach to varicose veins. More recently there has been enormous progress in the treatment of vein problems. The Columbus Vein Center physicians are highly trained and experienced in the entire range of Vein Treatment Services.
Nearly every patient’s treatment plan begins with a diagnostic procedure called duplex ultrasound. This painless and noninvasive technique uses ultrasound imaging to delineate the location, pathway and size of your varicose veins.
VNUS Closure, also called VNUS ClosureFast or RF Closure, is a state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedure in which your interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into the varicose vein. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is directed into the vein walls through the catheter, and the affected vein seals itself shut. The body reabsorbs the damaged vein, and blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. The benefits of this approach include little if any discomfort and bruising. Most patients return to a normal activity level relatively soon after the procedure.
EVLT, or endovenous laser treatment, is another recently developed treatment that has gained widespread popularity for its effectiveness and lack of stress on the patient. The skin around the affected vein is numbed with a local anesthetic and a laser fiber is inserted directly into the vein. Laser energy is directed into the vein wall, causing the vein walls to shrink and collapse, with the body eventually reabsorbing it while also redirecting blood flow to healthier veins. With a typical treatment time of less than an hour, this procedure has an impressive success rate with minimal if any discomfort associated with it. Patients are usually able to return to normal activity levels within a few days.
Varicose veins that are particularly large and close to the surface of the skin respond very well to a procedure called ambulatory phlebectomy. After numbing the skin, the interventional radiologist makes an incision of about 1 mm and extracts diseased veins through that incision. Patients generally wear compression stockings for two weeks following the procedure to facilitate healing.
Spider veins – tiny, asymptomatic veins that can appear on the face, head, chest, legs and arms – are usually treated with sclerotherapy. For this minimally invasive procedure, a chemical agent, or sclerosant, is injected through a tiny needle into the vein. The solution causes the damaged vein to corrode, and the body absorbs it while blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. Sclerotherapy involves little if any pain and bruising.
Veins located well below the surface of the skin can be treated with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. This method uses ultrasound imaging to locate the damaged veins before proceeding with a normal sclerotherapy approach. This assures proper placement of the needle while also monitoring the injection of the sclerosant.
Today, medical technology boasts a wide range of treatment methods for varicose veins and spider veins. One or more of these approaches is probably the right one for you. If you are in Columbus, Westerville, Lewis Center, Worthington, Dublin, Powell, Delaware, Gahanna, New Albany, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, Bexley, Grove City, Pickerington, Lancaster, Galena, Sunbury, Mt. Vernon, or Reynoldsburg and would like to talk to our Columbus vein doctor about treatment, schedule your free consultation today.