Vein Conditions & Treatments

Variety of options available to treat common vein problems.

Our vein specialists offer a myriad of treatment options aimed at eliminating or improving spider veins, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and other vein conditions. We are proud to be an IAC-accredited Vein Center!

The following conditions and procedures are some of the most common ones we treat:

Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy

The most common treatment procedure for spider veins is called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves several microinjections, aimed at restricting blood flow into the affected veins. Eventually, the spider veins will disappear into the body.

Varicose Veins

Our board-certified surgeons specialize in the following treatment procedures for varicose veins and venous insufficiency:

Venefitâ„¢ procedure (VNUS Closure Fast)

Venefitâ„¢ is a segmental ablation treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to re-route blood flow from diseased veins to healthy veins. During this minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, a ClosureFastâ„¢ catheter is used to apply consistent heat to the affected vein, eventually causing the vein wall to collapse and close. This procedure’s benefits include short recovery times and long-term effectiveness. Read more here.

Sclerotherapy

 

Microphlebectomy

 

Venogram

A venogram photographs the blood as it flows through the vein, ultimately revealing the overall condition of the vein and valves. Venograms are used to check blood flow in patients with a family history of blood conditions. Before the venogram begins, patients are given a special dye to illuminate the veins. To insert the dye, an IV is placed near the area that will show up in the x-ray. Venography also is effective in identifying proper placement for filters and other types of medical devices.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) & Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Patients who are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism should consider one of the following methods of treatment:

Anti-coagulant medications and medical grade compression stockings

 

Catheter directed thrombolysis

Your physician will insert a catheter through the skin into a vessel and direct it to the thrombosis or blockage. The blood clot is then dissolved in one of two ways: by delivering medication directly to the blood clot or by placing the mechanical device at the site to break up the clot.

IVC filter placement and retrieval

When blood thinning agents are unsuccessful, physicians may recommend the insertion of an inferior vena cava filter, a medical device that is used to treat patients who have a high risk of blood clots or those who have been diagnosed with DVT. Immobility, pulmonary embolus and trauma victims may also benefit from an inferior vena cava filter.

During this procedure, the surgeon will insert the inferior vena cava filter via the blood vessel in order to access the venous system. A catheter is required to properly guide the IVC filter to the desired location. When the filter is accurately placed and released, it will attach to the lining of the blood vessel walls. Once properly inserted, the IVC filter can obstruct large clot pieces from causing irreparable damage.

Our physicians also stress the importance of IVC filter removal. A filter placed and left long term can result in filter migration, thrombosis and injury to the vein wall. IVC placement and removal are done in a minimally invasive fashion with local anesthesia in our outpatient Vascular Access Center.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us or please call 678-207- 4000.

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