If you have varicose veins — especially if they make your legs hurt, swell, or feel tired — you may wonder what treatment can make your legs look and feel healthy again. At Douglas Vascular Center in Douglas, Georgia, the vascular surgeons and vein experts led by William H. Davis, MD, FACS, offer a number of effective, safe, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. They choose the best type of treatment for you based on where your varicose veins are, how severe they are, and whether you have a history of blood clots. For a varicose vein evaluation and treatment recommendations, contact Douglas Vascular Center by phone or online.
Varicose veins are veins that aren’t healthy anymore. About 35% of women and men in the United States develop large, visible varicose veins. You’re more likely to have varicose veins if you’re:
You’re also at higher risk if you gave birth to multiple children or have a family member with varicose veins. Standing or sitting for long periods of time also puts stress on your veins that may cause them to malfunction.
Other than marring the appearance of your legs, most varicose veins don’t cause symptoms. But since they can slow your circulation, you may develop:
You can safely remove varicose veins to resolve symptoms or just to improve the appearance of your legs.
Before choosing an optimal treatment plan for you, the team first determines the cause of your varicose veins. They conduct a physical examination, ask about your symptoms, and test your vein function with non-invasive ultrasound. They may recommend:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive therapy using a mildly irritating solution that your doctor injects directly into dysfunctional veins. The solution irritates and collapses vein walls with minimal discomfort to you. Sclerotherapy can be used for spider veins on the legs and, when foamed, can be effective for larger veins.
At Douglas Vascular Center, the vein experts offer both CO2 foam and Varithena® polidocanol foam. Foam sclerotherapy can be used on spider veins, varicose veins, and in some cases, it is the best choice for treating the saphenous veins.
Both ClosureFast™ by Medtronic and Venclose™ varicose vein treatments are powered by radiofrequency (RF) energy. This energy is delivered through catheters to fuse and seal off the great and small saphenous veins in the leg, which, if diseased, can be the source of multiple varicose veins. In patients with venous ulcers, or who have had ulcers, RF energy can be used to seal off what are called perforating veins in the thigh or calf. If the perforating veins have malfunctioning valves, they can contribute to venous leg ulceration.
If you have uncomfortable symptoms, your doctor may recommend deep venous therapy to reach veins not visible on your skin. Using guided imagery, they insert a catheter through a needle puncture to open up narrowed or blocked veins.
For clear, comfortable, healthy legs again, contact Douglas Vascular Center for varicose vein treatments by phone or online form.