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Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a common concern and affects nearly 1 out every 4 individuals in the US. The presentations can be asymptomatic and cosmetic, however, that is far less likely than patients who suffer from leg heaviness, swelling, skin discoloration and/or leg pain. Untreated veins can also be an increased risk for DVT (deep vein thrombosis), bleeding and infection which is a top priority to identify. Preventing long-term complications depends on early recognition and treatment measures.
Vein disease is commonly inherited and affects family members in high proportions. Other high-risk factors include prolonged standing or sitting, obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyles. With vein disease, high pressures build inside leg veins due to dysfunctional valves. Our veins face a great deal of pressure even under normal circumstances such as standing or sitting. Unlike the deep veins that are supported by the muscles within our legs, the superficial veins that cause varicose veins will stretch and dilate from this pressure. Over time, these vein walls can become weakened and start to develop reflux or venous insufficiency.
Treatment is essential if you are experiencing symptoms such as leg pain, leg swelling, skin discoloration or restless legs. The treatment can be as simple as appropriate lifestyle changes and compression stockings. However for some patients, conservative measures can be insufficient and additional treatments may be warranted. Vascular treatments including those for veins should only be performed by a board-certified vein specialist. Our article today reviews the latest innovations for vein treatment in Mt Laurel NJ.
What Doctor Treats Varicose Veins?
A vein specialist is a doctor that specializes in treating varicose veins and the underlying condition, venous insufficiency. Ideally, your vein doctor in Mt Laurel should have completed formal training in endovenous procedures during his/her residency and fellowship training. Qualified vein specialists will possess a training background in vascular surgery, interventional radiology or interventional cardiology. A recognition of competency is achieved with board-certification in one of these specialties and should be readily available to discerning patients. Other specialties including pain management, internal medicine, or family medicine do not hold any formalized training in surgical or minimally-invasive endovascular procedures. Their board-certifications are well deserved, however not in the treatment of varicose veins.
Minimally Invasive Varicose Veins Treatments
The most surprising fact to many patients seeking varicose vein removal is that surgery is not needed. Many patients recall stories about their parents undergoing extensive vein stripping procedures with painful and extended recovery periods. Those days are long gone. Instead, today’s procedures are minimally-invasive and suited for all types of vein conditions.
These minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins include:
- VenaSeal: Like most other vein treatments today, VenaSeal is also catheter-based technology. However, unlike ablation, the catheter is used to inject a medical adhesive that fuses the diseased vein closed. Over time, the vein is reabsorbed by the body.
- Radiofrequency ablation: Catheter-based technology that delivers radiofrequency generated heat to the blood vessel walls. The procedure is done with only small amounts of local anesthetic and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
- Sclerotherapy: A medicated solution is injected in either liquid or aerated form (foam sclerotherapy). This medication acts as a sclerosant and disrupts the walls of diseased veins causing them to collapse and eventually be absorbed.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This requires the most skill and patience, but still is minimally invasive. Tiny incisions are made over large, protuberant veins so that they can be directly removed. Unlike stripping, these procedures are done within the office and patients do not require any downtime. The best part, any large visible varicose veins are immediately removed leading to dramatic skin improvements.
- Clarivein: Another catheter-based technique with some special uses in certain varicose vein anatomy. In this case, mechanical force and sclerosant are used to eliminate diseased veins.
Why Mt Laurel Vein Center?
Our Mt Laurel Vascular Center is a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment center for spider and varicose veins. At our vein clinic in Mt Laurel NJ, you can rest assured that you will be in the care of a board-certified vascular specialist. Dr. Alissa Brotman-O’Neill has been consistently named to Top Doc in SJ Magazine, NJ Top Doctors, Talk of the Town, and Compassionate Doctor on Vitals. As President-elect for the New Jersey Vascular Surgical Society, she is committed to remaining up to date on all the latest research and technologies in the treatment of vein disease. For more information, please schedule your spider vein and varicose vein consultation today.