Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Time to Show Off Those Legs!

As we discussed in our previous post, Are Your Legs Summer Ready? about The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging, if you are suffering from venous disease there are solutions available. 

Dr. Michael Schmidling continues to answer the most common questions regarding venous disease and the treatment options available.  

Can spider veins and varicose veins be prevented?

Although there is no definitive prevention for spider veins and varicose veins, there are things that you can do to help prevent and slow the progression of this condition.  “Good venous habits” include maintain a healthy body weight and participation in regular exercise.  You should avoid standing or sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time.  Move around and get up out of your chair at regular intervals.  Support hose and compressions stockings are helpful both in prevention and alleviation of symptoms once they develop.

 What treatment is available? 

Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized to his or her particular condition.  In general, treatment consists of one or a combination of the following treatments.  All of these treatments are performed on an outpatient basis in an office setting. 

  • EVLT – Endovenous laser treatment is the use of a small laser fiber inserted into the veins to seal the vein closed.  This procedure was developed as an alternative to the surgical ligation and stripping procedure which involved an overnight stay in the hospital and an invasive procedure with its associated risks.
  • Phlebectomy – Larger superficial varicosities are removed during this procedure.  This procedure involves making tiny skin incisions with subsequent removal of the varicose vein.  These incisions are so small that they do not requires stitches.
  • Sclerptherapy – This treatment involves injecting a sclerosant agent directly into the vein causing the vein to close. 

Do they pose any risks or side effects?

As with any procedure there are risks and potential side effects, but these have been dramatically reduced compared to surgical options such as surgical ligation and stripping.  Potential risks are dependent upon the procedure being performed and are reviewed in depth with each patient prior to initiating any treatment.


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