Varicose Veins Solutions
Spider Veins Solutions
Veins are blood vessels that return deoxygenated blood from the outer parts of the body to the heart. When a vein becomes thick, full of twists and turns or enlarged it is called a varicose vein. Varicose veins can occur when the valves in the leg veins become weak or diseased and no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the legs.
Varicose veins are the most obvious and visual symptoms of vein disease, but you do not have to have visible veins to have vein disease. Other symptoms include aching, throbbing, itchy, numb, burning, cramping, swollen, tired, fatigued or heavy legs, ankles and/or feet, skin discoloration, open sores or ulcers. Click here to learn more about healthy vs. diseased veins.
The Vein Guys™ offer treatment for varicose veins and can alleviate the symptoms of vein disease. Learn more about the leading-edge technology and minimally invasive procedures we use that allow you to return to the active lifestyle you desire.
The TriVex System is a procedure used to remove large clusters of varicose veins through a minimal number of small incisions. This procedure is far more effective than other forms of varicose vein removal surgery, and patients recover quickly with excellent cosmetic results.
Advanced fiber optic technology illuminates the varicose veins so the surgeon can accurately target the veins, ablate them and confirm their removal. The procedure is minimally invasive and conducted in an out-patient operating room under general anesthesia.
The Vein Guys use the Venefit™ procedure (formerly called VNUS Closure™), or endovenous radiofrequency ablation, to treat vein disease. We have chosen this procedure because it is clinically proven to be an effective means of treating varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. It is a minimally invasive procedure with less pain and less bruising compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment.
Using the Venefit™ system, physicians close the diseased or damaged vein. This is done by inserting a catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled radio-frequency energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins and the body dissolves the closed vein over time.
The procedure is done in the office, takes about 15 minutes, and patients walk away from the procedure and typically return to their normal activities within a day. Venefit™ uses two types of instruments to close the vein, the ClosureFAST™ Catheter and the ClosureRFS™ Stylet. The Vein Guys’ surgeons will determine which is right for each patient based on the type of vein disease they have.
We adhere to the highest quality and standards in vein care treatment and surgery and, for this reason we do not reprocess catheters or use reprocessed catheters like others do in vein care practices, clinics, and institutes.
Venefit™ using the ClosureFAST Catheter
The Venefit™ procedure is the newest procedure for treating superficial veins with venous reflux disease. Venefit™ uses The ClosureFAST™ catheter with either a 6.5 cm or 3 cm electrode to generate radiofrequency waves to heat and collapse the vein wall. The catheter is used to close the greater saphenous vein, lesser saphenous vein or the shorter access branches off these veins.
Step 1Catheter tip positioned 2cm distal to the saphenofemoral junction. Tumescent fluid is administered.
Step 27cm vein segment treated all at once during 20-second treatment cycle. Additional vein segment treated serially.
Step 3Catheter shaft allows fast and accurate catheter re-positioning between treatment cycles. No energy is delivered during the re-positioning.
Step 4This treatment of 45cm vein takes three to five minutes (seven treatment segments).
Venefit™ using the CLOSURE RFS Stylet
Perforator veins are those that connect the deep venous system with the superficial venous system. When the perforator veins need to be treated, the ClosureRFS™ Stylet is used to close the vein. This is the only intravascular ablation device specifically cleared by the FDA for the treatment of incompetent perforator veins. This minimally invasive outpatient treatment can be either the primary procedure or in addition to saphenous vein ablation with ClosureFAST™ catheter.
Spider veins are close to the skin’s surface and may look thin and wispy like spider webs, or thick and squiggly like branches. They are similar to varicose veins, only thinner. We tend to think of spider veins as a cosmetic problem. However, if you have spider veins along with any other symptoms of vein disease (for example: stinging, throbbing, aching, burning, itching), then an underlying medical issue may be causing the spider veins.
An evaluation with the Vein Guys and an ultrasound test will determine if your spider veins are cosmetic in nature or a result of venous insufficiency. In either case, the Vein Guys offer treatments that will eliminate the unsightly veins. The solutions and techniques we use make this process easier, faster, and less painful than ever before.
Sclerotherapy eliminates spider veins while improving the appearance of the legs. A very small needle is used to inject a solution (called a ‘sclerosant’) into the vein. The sclerosant irritates the lining of the spider vein, causing it to close – the vein then fades over the course of 4-6 weeks. The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on how many veins are being treated. In some cases, patients may need more than one treatment to eliminate all unwanted veins.
Patients can resume most normal activities right away. For optimal results, patients should wear compression stockings for 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Patients are also advised to avoid the sun, hot tubs, swimming pools, and tanning beds for about 3 weeks.
Sclerotherapy has been used to treat veins for more than 100 years – since then, the procedure and solutions have improved significantly. In the past, a saline solution was most commonly used. Today, more effective solutions are available, and the newer agents do not sting or burn and have fewer side effects. The Vein Guys specialize in choosing the sclerosant that will be most effective for each patient.
Foam sclerotherapy is used for longer, larger veins. The sclerosant solution is mixed with air or CO2 to create a foam. Foams have a greater surface area than liquids, so a lower concentration covers more of the damaged vein while adhering to the vein wall more effectively, causing faster shrinkage of the vein.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound is used as a guide when treating larger veins with sclerotherapy. It allows the surgeon to find the exact location of the diseased vein to inject the sclerosant solution.