Vein Disorders and Treatments
Varicose Veins are large and twisted veins on the legs under the skin. Varicose veins are usually secondary to a medical condition called venous reflux disease. Besides being a cosmetic problem they are very painful especially with prolonged sitting and standing. Varicose veins cause pain, cramping, ulcers, itching, and swelling.
Vascular disorders affect more than 70 million Americans. These conditions range from varicose veins to blocked arteries in the lower extremities causing both pain and swelling. In extreme cases ulcers may develop and walking becomes limited. In the past, these problems because of the blockage or incompetent valves in the veins patient would require surgery. At Memphis Vein Center patients are treated with non-surgical endovenous laser ablation for varicose vein disorders.
- Conservative medical management
- Laser (EVLT) and Venefit (VNUS) Treatment
- Ligation and striping
Roughly 30-60% of the general population is affected by some type of vein problems. In a normal vein, valves work to move the blood back to the heart. When a valve malfunctions the blood pools in the vein, a disorder known as venous insufficiency leading to Varicose Veins.
Varicose veins are enlarged bulging veins in the lower extremities caused by poorly functioning valves/damaged valves.
- Achy, tired, heavy feeling in the area of the varicose veins
- Leg cramps, Restless legs at night
- Itching, Rashes, bleeding
- Burning or throbbing pain along with swelling of the legs
- Cellulitis (recurrent infection)
- Discoloration of the foot
- Non healing ulcers
- Family members with varicose veins
- Sex: female
- Age: childbearing age and older
- Hormonal changes, as with puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
- Pressure on the veins of the pelvis, caused by pregnancy or an abdominal tumor
- Prolonged standing
- Wearing knee-high socks or stockings with tight elastic
- Previous leg injury
Treatment of varicose veins can range from conservative treatment to endovenous laser ablation, radio-frequency ablation (Venefit/VNUS closure) and occasional vein stripping of damaged veins. Specific treatment is determined by the severity of the varicose veins.
Conservative treatment consists of wearing compression stockings, elevating legs, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. This therapy may reduce the symptoms of varicose veins but it will not eliminate the underlying cause.
Laser (EVLT) and Venfit (VNUS)
The treatment of large varicose veins has advanced significantly in the last several years. Previously, most large varicose veins are treated through an inpatient hospital operative procedure known as "vein stripping". This procedure removes the veins but the post operative recovery is painful and prolonged.
Large varicose veins now can be eliminated through an office based procedure known as Endovenous Laser Ablation ( EVLT) and Radiofrequency ablation (Venefit VNUS Closure).
Laser procedure as well as Radiofrequency ablation both procedures are highly effective and safe treatments.
EVLT/VNUS eliminates unsightly varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, and no lengthy recovery or side effects. In less than an hour you can be free from unsightly bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying your everyday activities. EVLT/VNUS is safe, fast, and effective.
Large varicose veins now can be eliminated through an office based procedure known as Radiofrequency ablation (Venefit/ VNUS Closure). Radiofrequency ablation and laser ablation procedures are highly effective and safe treatments. VNUS eliminates unsightly varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, and no lengthy recovery or side effects. In less than an hour you can be free from unsightly bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying your everyday activities. VNUS is safe, fast, and effective.
- Treatment in less than an hour.
- Can be performed in the doctor's office.
- Up to 98% success rate.
- Immediate relief of symptoms.
- Return to normal activity immediately - with little or no pain.
- No general anesthesia or hospitalization.
- No scars.
- Use of ultrasound to map out your vein.
- Local anesthetic is applied.
- A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee.
- Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein.
- Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed.
- There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as necessary.
EVLT/VNUS Closure procedure uses RF energy to close venous reflux