Monday, March 17, 2014

Start Loving Your Legs Again!

We are continuing our focus on venous disease and treatments available at The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging. 

Dr. Michael Schmiling has answered questions in our two previous posts, It's Time to Show Off Those Legs! & Are Your Legs Summer Ready?, and follows up here with more information on treatment options.  

What can a patient expect during these procedures?
For those having the EVLT treatment of varicose veins, they can expect a quick and minimally invasive procedure which can be performed right in the physicians offices. Most appointments take less than a hour! During the procedure, an ultrasound is used to locate and "map out" your vein. Then a local anesthetic is applied and a thin fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point. Laser energy is used to seal the faulty vein and prevent blood from flowing through it, eliminating vein bulging at the source.  

Phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs and is performed in an outpatient facility under local anesthesia. It involves making tiny incisions through which the varicose veins are removed with a phelbectomy hook. These incisions are so small, you will not need stitches.

For treatment of spider veins,  cosmetic sclerotherapy is a simple procedure requiring no anesthesia. The affected veins will be injected with the sclerosing agent. You will feel small needle sticks and occasionally some patients experience a mild burning sensation.  A typical patient can have anywhere from 5 to 40 injections per treatment sessions lasting from only 15 to 45 minutes.   


Will there be pain involved?  
There is some expected procedure related discomfort, but this is typically well tolerated with a light oral sedative and local anesthesia.  There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as needed.

 
Is there a recovery period?
The "recovery period" means that you will be required to wear compression stockings for 7-10 days after the procedure. Certain high impact activites, such as running or jogging, are discouraged in the immediate post-procedure recovery. However, you will be encouraged to walk often, and you may return to work the next day.

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