Varicose Vein Treatment Lexington, Kentucky
Over 25 million Americans are afflicted with varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, insides of the legs and ankles. As varicose veins continue to weaken under constant strain, they often continue to get bigger and balloon outward. This tends to raise the skin surface and causing the skin to bulge and thin out or become discolored.
Although many patients desire treatment because of the veins’ unsightly appearance, most do so because of the physical symptoms that they experience and to reduce the chances of developing more significant circulation problems in the future. Symptoms caused by varicose veins include fatigability, restlessness, heaviness, night cramps – and above all – a nagging sensation of aching pain. These symptoms typically worsen with prolonged standing and during certain points of a female’s menstrual cycle. Varicose veins increase the risk for developing blood clots (DVT’s) by nine (9) fold.
Several treatment options are available to eliminate or reduce the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. These therapies may include self-care methods such as losing weight, keeping the legs elevated, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, regular exercise, and wearing compression stockings.
More immediate and permanent relief of varicose veins is often achieved through interventional therapies. With the latest technology, vein treatments can be administered with minimal discomfort and downtime. Some of the more common and effective therapies include sclerotherapy and laser therapy.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) of varicose veins is a revolutionary, minimally invasive laser procedure that allows us to treat varicose veins faster, safer and more effectively than traditional surgical procedures. Through a needle, a tiny laser catheter is introduced into the culprit vein without making an incision. The treatment is then completed with local anesthesia and application of laser energy to obliterate the vein. At our center, the procedure is usually completed in less than an hour, and you can resume normal activities immediately.
EVLT is highly effective, approaching a 98 percent success rate. Any symptom related to your varicosities is completely resolved on the day of the procedure. In most cases, significant if not total regression of the large veins occurs within one to two months following.
Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins by injecting a solution into the targeted veins that causes them to gradually disappear. Depending on the extent of your disease, it may require several treatment sessions to achieve the desired result, and not all varicose veins are candidates for this procedure.
The best way to find out if laser therapy or sclerotherapy will help you with your varicose veins is to visit one of the physicians at our office. Suitability for a procedure is confirmed by a thorough ultrasound examination of the lower extremities. In most cases the procedure is covered by insurance.