Are you suffering from vein disease and experiencing symptoms such as tired, restless legs? Perhaps you are experiencing swelling or itchiness, or your skin just doesn’t look right and you really don’t like those visible veins.
Vein diseases such are varicose veins are quite often misunderstood, and because of this, go untreated. Often, these vein diseases are thought to be a cosmetic issue, rather than a medical one.
Vein disease can become a serious medical condition. Unsightly spider veins and the more serious varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency. This insufficiency can cause venous hypertension, which can lead to more serious reactions in the veins, such as an overall weakening of your veins and vascular system.
As vein disease progresses, it can affect your skin and its health; it can even lead to discoloration, ulcers, or sores. Most serious of all, a potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis can develop.
Medical Treatments for Vein Issues
The first step in medical vein treatment is diagnosis using ultrasound mapping. This procedure can indicate if there are venous insufficiencies and what the proper treatment should be. Dr. Wright and his staff at St. Louis Laser Vein Center are very knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of vein conditions. They will be able to diagnose your vein issues properly—whether they are cosmetic or medical.
There are several possible procedures for medical vein treatment. Below, we discuss some of the methods used by Dr. Wright and his team.
EVLT or RFA
Endovenous vein treatment is actually an alternative to the older method of vein stripping. A small laser fiber or radiofrequency probe is gently inserted into the vein. Pulses are then sent into the vein, which causes it to collapse and seal shut.
Sclerotherapy is often performed on deeper veins, below those that may be treated using EVLT. During a sclerotherapy procedure, the insertion of a needle is monitored using ultrasound. A liquid or foam sclerosant is injected, which causes the vein to collapse.
St. Louis Laser Vein Center
All patients with vein issues are treated as individual cases at St. Louis Laser Vein Center. We understand that some patients are dealing with cosmetic vein issues, while others may be suffering from more serious medical issues.
Because we want to ensure that patients receive the very best care and procedures, we urge anyone with vein concerns to schedule an initial complimentary consultation. It is during this appointment at our medical vein center we can delve into your individual case, as well as discuss the available treatments and procedures.