Varicose Vein Treatment
Healthy veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. Veins can become varicose when the valves that control blood flow become damaged or diseased, causing blood to pool in the legs. This results in inefficient blood flow back to the heart.
Varicose veins are often raised above the skin on legs and can resemble twisted, bulging cords. Left untreated, they can progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Increased pressure leads to further damage of additional veins. CVI can cause swelling and achiness even without varicose veins.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Who is at Risk?
CVI can affect anyone: gender and age are factors that may increase your risk. For example, women older than 50 are more likely than others to develop venous disease that can lead to CVI. Other factors that may increase your risk include:
Benefits of Vein Treatment
Often misunderstood as a cosmetic problem, many people do not seek treatment for their varicose veins. The good news is Windsong’s Interventional Radiology services offer minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.
Types of Vein Treatment at Windsong
- Radiofrequency ablation
- VenaSealTM vein closure
Varicose Vein Treatment at Windsong Radiology allows you to select a treatment plan designed specifically to suit your goals. Windsong’s comprehensive approach and minimally invasive techniques, coupled with the shortest recovery times possible, give patients the best results with minimal risk.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
RFA is a vein closure treatment covered by most insurance. A small catheter is inserted into the vein and heat is delivered into the vein wall which then seals and closes the vein. Following this procedure a patient must limit activities for a few days and wear compression stockings. Walking is encouraged immediately following the procedure.
VenaSeal™ Closure System
The VenaSeal™ procedure is a new FDA approved venous closure treatment that uses adhesive to close the diseased vein. It is not currently covered by insurance. Benefits of the VenaSeal™ procedure include:
- No compression stockings needed after the treatment
- Only one needle stick required
- Patient may resume activities shortly after treatment
What to expect
Dr. Dunleavy will conduct an initial consult that includes medical history, a physical exam, and an evaluation of the circulation in the legs prior to any treatment. Based on the consult, the most effective treatment options will be discussed.
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