Dr. David Park visiting patient
We offer a wide range of traditional and state-of-the-art treatment modalities depending on the treatment plan designed specifically for you by our board-certified physicians. Most treatments take less than one hour and patients find themselves resuming normal physical activities the same day.
As previously mentioned, at VEININNOVATIONS, treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual patient. Obviously, some patients have more extensive venous disease than others and each patient is evaluated individually to avoid inadequate or excessive treatment, which can result in needless expense. An important issue to determine when treating varicose veins is the level at which the venous valves have become non-functional. Duplex ultrasound examination can help determine if large valves are malfunctioning, and where. If the problem is not correctly addressed at its source, vein disease can reappear or even become worse. Correctly addressing vein problems does not guarantee that there will be no future problems, but should lessen them and make them easier to treat.
Now that we have talked about the importance of a correct diagnosis in dealing with vein problems, we can talk about treatments. We have two very effective new approaches for treating varicose veins that take the place of surgery. Feel fortunate! For thirty to forty years, the answer to the question "will I need surgery?" would have been yes. Even now, some physicians will tell you that you need surgery to correct the problem of varicose veins, but it's just not the best option anymore!
The following two procedures were developed as alternatives to the surgical procedures of vein stripping and high ligation of the saphenous vein and are considered state-of-the-art approaches to treatment of varicose veins and saphenous vein reflux. VEININNOVATIONS is pleased to offer BOTH treatments to patients for whom they are indicated. Please note that while many services provided by VI are not covered by insurance or Medicare, Venefit, formally Closure procedure (radio frequency ablation of the greater saphenous vein), and EVLA (described by the next two headings) are very frequently covered.
Venefit, formally Closure procedure (radio frequency ablation of the greater saphenous vein) is done by your board-certified VI physician and makes use of a needle puncture or small incision which enables a small catheter with a special electrode to be passed into the saphenous vein. The electrodes then produce radio frequency energy that closes the vein. Recovery time from this procedure is short, allowing return to normal activities the same day. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia in our office. Data suggests that over 90% of veins remain closed after 1 year. Nine out of 10 patients who have received Venefit, formally Closure procedure (radio frequency ablation of the greater saphenous vein) would recommend the treatment to a friend.
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation): This approach to the treatment of GSV reflux involves insertion of a small diameter laser filament into the vein through a needle puncture. This procedure is done at our office with minimal anesthesia. This procedure is also highly effective, and post-op discomfort is minimal.
Other non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment options include:
Compression stockings and/or leg elevation are examples of conservative approaches to treatment of venous disease. Support hose are available over the counter but compression stockings are generally of higher compression and are available by prescription only. We stock compression stockings for the convenience of our patients.
Laser Treatment of Leg Veins: This treatment involves the use of lasers to produce selective light-induced thermal damage to small veins, causing them to disappear. Commonly, at VEININNOVATIONS, treatment of small vein disease involves a combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatment.