Venous Therapies

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Metairie, LA & Covington, LA

More than 40 million Americans have varicose veins, and the condition is more common among women than men. The expert vein physicians at Vascular Access Centers of New Orleans and North Shore specialize in treating varicose leg veins to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and make your legs more cosmetically appealing. If you live in Metairie or Covington, Louisiana, or the surrounding communities, get expert treatment for varicose veins by calling the clinic or scheduling an appointment using the online system.

Venous Therapies Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins might appear as gnarled, bulging, or twisted veins, typically in your legs. The condition comes from increased pressure on the leg veins and develops when valves inside them don’t work correctly. If the valves don’t close tightly, the blood in your legs might not be able to work against gravity to continue flowing upward toward your heart, and instead it flows backward and pools in those veins — a process known as reflux.

Varicose veins might not pose a severe health problem, but many adults want to correct the condition simply for cosmetic reasons.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Some common symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Leg pain, or a tired, heavy feeling
  • Aching or throbbing in your legs
  • Burning or itchy skin around the veins, or even eczema and inflammation
  • Cramping or swelling
  • Leg ulcers and skin discoloration
  • Spider veins
  • Restless leg syndrome

 

In many cases, you can relieve symptoms by elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings. However, if your pain continues to worsen or you’re concerned about how varicose veins look, the expert medical team at Vascular Access Centers of New Orleans and North Shore provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatment options.

What are your common treatments for varicose veins?

The expert physicians at Vascular Access Centers of New Orleans and North Shore have several options to get you out of pain and get your ugly varicose veins out of sight for good. Common treatment options include:

Endovenous Ablation

Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only a local anesthetic. The treatment uses radiofrequency (RF) or laser energy to cauterize veins that are no longer working correctly. Your unsightly varicose vein disappears along with uncomfortable or painful symptoms. The procedure can treat several veins at once, and you wear compression stockings as your legs heal for a short time afterward.

Phlebectomy

Also minimally invasive, a phlebectomy is an option for removing bulging varicose veins that are close to the surface of your leg. An ambulatory phlebectomy is typically an in-office, outpatient procedure that uses a local anesthetic in correcting superficial varicose veins, a condition known as venous insufficiency. After the procedure, you wear compression stockings for a few weeks, and most men and women resume their daily activities within 24 hours, but you’ll want to limit strenuous exercise for a week or two.

Other treatment approaches for varicose veins can include sclerotherapy or even conventional surgery if necessary.

How do endovenous ablation and phlebectomy treatments work?

In endovenous ablation, the laser or radiofrequency treatment delivers thermal energy to the inside of your vein to collapse it and seal it shut. Your body naturally reroutes blood flow to nearby healthier veins.

Your doctor inserts a tiny catheter — a flexible tube — into your varicose vein through a small puncture in your skin. He treats the entire vein with laser or RF energy through the catheter. The thermal energy causes the vein to close and turn into scar tissue.

In a phlebectomy, your physician makes a series of small incisions next to the enlarged vein. Through the small incisions, which are only about the size of the tip of a pen, your doctor can carefully remove the varicose vein, usually in less than an hour.

What other venous issues do you treat?

Vascular Access Centers also provides comprehensive treatment for deep venous issues like Nonthrombotic Iliac Vein Lesions (NIVL) in Chronic Venous Disease (CVD), as well as May-Thurner Syndrome.

May-Thurner Syndrome, also known as iliac vein compression syndrome, is a rare condition in which compression of the venous outflow of the left lower extremity may cause discomfort, swelling, pain, or blood clots (known as deep venous thrombosis) in the iliofemoral vein. In this case, an Intravascular Ultrasound would help to place an iliac stent in the iliofemoral vein to correct the compression and open up the vessel and improve pain and swelling.

To learn more about endovenous ablation and phlebectomy, among other treatment options for varicose veins and venous insufficiency, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online system.

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