The human body is commonly viewed through a purely aesthetic lens in the name of societal standards, but beneath the surface, a complex network of processes is constantly in motion to keep an individual healthy and thriving. Amongst these networks, the collection of veins and arteries that run throughout the body play a vital role in moving blood between the heart and the extremities.
This essential process of moving blood is no easy task as veins are charged with moving blood back to the heart against the force of gravity. To aid in the process, veins are paired with one-way valves that help push blood upward in the right direction back. In those moments when valves fail, blood quickly rushes in the wrong direction following gravity’s pull and can begin to pool in the veins. As pooling causes pressure, bulging veins can lead to conditions such as varicose veins, spider veins, and beyond. While this is only one example of the results of an underlying vein condition, there a long list of other potential health risks that are associated with vein disease that goes undiagnosed. Because these causes of these conditions are often unseen, it’s important to understand the clinical vein treatment options for vein conditions of many kinds.
From vein disease to restless legs, varicose veins and spider veins to the potential for developing the much more dangerous condition known as deep vein thrombosis-the potential for acquiring a vein condition is vast. For this reason, it’s more important than ever that individuals seek out regular care for vein health as a way to stay on top of any symptoms, changes, or a potential need for a more specific diagnosis. Much in the same way a general physician is selected to tend to general health, partnering with Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center is a good first step in attending to overall vein health. At our clinic, we take a comprehensive approach to vein care and provide a wide variety of treatment options that take both aesthetic and underlying condition concerns into consideration. Because the network of veins in the body is closely linked to other health conditions, Dr. Wright takes time to review each patient’s full medical history and listen to their preferences and concerns before putting a vein health plan of action into place.
What to Expect When It Comes to Clinical Vein Treatment
The causes behind the many vein conditions that present in patients are many. While some physicians point to lifestyle choices, others look more closely at genetic predisposition or hormonal fluctuations that occur at very specific periods of time in life. Ultimately, one of the most effective routes to determining what’s happening with veins below the surface of the skin is to perform an ultrasound mapping procedure. This non-invasive option provides Dr. Wright and his team with a full look at the venous system and provides an opportunity to clearly see where venous insufficiencies may be occurring now, as well as those that have the potential to cause issues in the future. Based on this information, Dr. Wright can make a much more specific diagnosis and treatment plan for an individual that’s customized to their personal vein map.
Vein Treatment Options
Because every patient is different, the options for treating vein conditions of many types are just as diverse in the modern world of vein health. In the past, many patients who were worried about vein conditions that were presenting with visible symptoms such as severe cases of varicose veins were often hesitant to seek treatment. This was due in large part to the fact that vein stripping was the exclusive treatment option and was not only a risky and invasive procedure but one that came with high risk related to an extended recovery period both in and out of the hospital. Advances in modern technology mean that in-clinic vein treatment options today present patients with a list of minimally-invasive to non-invasive solutions that can often be performed under an hour in the comfort of the attending physician’s office. These new approaches are not only highly effective, but safe and comfortable for individuals as well.
Endovenous Vein Treatment (EVLT) and Sclerotherapy
In place of vein stripping, many patients today elect to undergo EVLT or Radiofrequency Vein Ablation (RFA) when it comes to treating varicose or spider veins in the clinic. This outpatient procedure provides the attending physician with the opportunity to reduce or eliminate problematic veins at the source by reaching them through a minimal incision point using a laser fiber or radiofrequency probe. The vein can ultimately be collapsed and closed using precision focused energy and eventually, the vein is naturally reabsorbed into the body without causing harm to the surrounding tissues. Those with deeper underlying vein issues may be recommended Sclerotherapy where a small needle is used to inject a liquid or foam sclerosant into the vein, causing it to collapse and reabsorb over time.
Contact Us Today
Whether you’re looking to establish vein care, have concerns regarding a potential vein condition, or are seeking vein treatment options, or a diagnosis, Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule your appointment.