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Venous Disease Information

The Disease

  • Varicose veins are permanently dilated veins through which blood circulates with difficulty, or not at all
  • What causes varicose veins? The major cause is heredity. Pregnancy, heat and standing or sitting for lengthy periods of time are predisposing factors.
  • Varicose veins – an evolving disease: Only by continuing and completing treatment can you control the evolution of venous disorders. It is in your best interest to complete the full course of treatment prescribed and thereby safeguard the investment you have made in the health of your legs!

Treatment of Varicose Veins Treatment Alternatives:

  • Compression
  • Ablation
  • Phlebectomy

Compression:

Elastic stockings can be worn to compress the lower extremities and to stop swelling of the legs and formation of new varicose veins.

Ablation:

Using ultrasound, a tiny catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.

Phlebectomy:

An effective procedure that provides much quicker symptom relief and cosmetic improvement. The treated vein is removed surgically using local anesthetics in an outpatient setting.

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