In recent years, treating varicose veins has shifted dramatically from outdated invasive surgery to the minimally invasive procedures that are available today. Many of these advanced methods require only local anesthesia, a brief office visit and a short recovery time.
Venous insufficiency and varicose veins
It’s estimated that more than 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from varicose veins. Venous insufficiency happens when the one-way valves in the veins fail and are unable to move blood from the legs back to the heart. This results in blood pooling in the legs, leading to vein problems such as varicose veins.
Advanced varicose vein treatments
The treatments below are performed in office with no hospital stay required. And with little to no downtime, most people are back to their normal activities quickly. Some of the most effective varicose vein treatments include:
- Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) treats veins near the surface of the skin. EVLA uses a tiny catheter and laser to close down the vein from the inside, allowing it to be absorbed by the body.
- Sclerotherapy uses a mild sclerosing agent that’s injected into smaller varicose veins to make them collapse. After the injection, pressure is applied to the treated veins to prevent blood return when you stand up.
It may be recommend that you wear compression stockings for several days or weeks after your procedure.
If you’re suffering from varicose veins or spider veins and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany them, Northern Illinois Vein Clinic can help. Dr. Rimas Gilvydis, a diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, has been successfully treating varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques for nearly two decades. Dr. Gilvydis leads a caring and skilled team of professionals who are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.
To learn more about our specialized vein care, schedule your appointment today by calling 855-591-1357 or click here to use our online form.