About Varicose Vein Treatments

Bay Area Vascular Center offers personal, individualized care for patients with vein disease utilizing a comprehensive, non-surgical approach to treat aesthetic and therapeutic problems. Vein conditions and their treatments are often more complex than they appear. Beyond obvious leg swelling or varicose veins, symptoms may include aching, cramping, heaviness, tired or restless legs, itching, tingling, and burning, as well as skin changes, scaly rashes, and slow or non-healing wounds. Request An Appointment

Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment utilizing thermal energy. It involves the insertion of a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) into a refluxing or backward-flowing vein to seal it shut using heat. Blood is re-routed into normal, healthy veins, alleviating reflux symptoms. Over time, the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared to surgical options such as ligation and vein stripping, endovenous ablation results in less pain and has a quicker recovery time.

Sclerotherapy

In sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. Over a short time, the vein closes in response to the irritation and is reabsorbed. The blood from the closed vein is routed to properly working veins, restoring correct circulation and improving overall appearance.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat varicose veins that are not caused by saphenous vein reflux. A local anesthetic is injected over your bulging veins and very small skin nicks are made over the veins. Using special instruments, the unsightly veins are gently removed. No stitches are necessary and there is minimal downtime from your normal activities. The results have been very positive for both male and female patients.

Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins

Venous insufficiency, which can lead to the development of varicose veins, can also cause edema (swelling). Edema is caused by a back-up of blood and increased pressure in the veins, a problem that is localized to the legs, ankles, and feet; one leg may be more affected than the other (asymmetrical edema). Compression therapy provides a means to treat venous stasis, venous hypertension, and venous edema. Objectives of compression therapy are to reduce the swollen limb to minimum size, maintain that size, and allow the patient to participate in the care of his or her limb whenever possible. Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression stockings, and a compression pump. Graduated compression therapy gives support to the legs and helps improve circulation back to the heart. Though this treatment may provide symptomatic relief to your leg pain, it does not prevent or cure varicose veins.

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