WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
Varicose veins are larger size subcutaneous blood vessels that have become swollen and twisted. They appear dark blue and stick out from the skin like raised tunnels. Varicose veins can develop anywhere in the body, but they are commonly found on the legs.
VEINS AND VEIN DISEASE
Are veins that run closely to the surface of the body, underneath the skin. They are often visible. Superficial veins include varicose vеіnѕ, reticular vеіnѕ and spider veins.
Deep veins lie within the muscles of the legs and empty into veins within the pelvis. Collectively, they carry the vast majority of the blood from the legs back to the heart.
Perforator veins connect deep veins to superficial veins.
VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENTS
Endovenous ablation uses energy to cauterize (burn) and close varicose veins. This procedure will help ease symptoms such as pain, swelling, and irritation. Ablation is safe, less invasive than surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. The treatment is performed in the office under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort and patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure.
Ablation: EVLA or rfa
Uses laser energy directly into the vein to close it permanently.
Endolaser Ablation or EVLT/EVLA uses laser energy directly into the vein to close it permanently.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) uses high-frequency radio waves to heat the targeted vein.
Also called ambulatory phlebectomy, is an in-office procedure that removes superficial veins through tiny micro incisions in the skin that don’t require stitches. This procedure is often performed with endovenous ablation of the saphenous vein.
Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy (USGS)
Dr. Rios usually utilize ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat larger veins. The foam is visible via ultrasound imaging and can be easily tracked and guided to the source of the venous problem. A significant advantage of this method is that it allows the phlebologist to monitor the effect of the injection while ensuring the safety of all adjacent structures. The use of sclerosant as foam, rather than a solution, has made this procedure much more effective for larger veins.