Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that appear as twisted or bulging cords beneath your skin. Varicose veins are caused by weakened vein valves that allow blood to flow backwards, where it pools within the vein walls and causes them to swell. Fortunately, many medical imaging vein centers offer various treatment options to eliminate unsightly varicose veins.
Individuals who are suffering from varicose veins and spider veins may benefit from conservative therapy such as compression stockings. These elastic stockings are designed to steadily squeeze your legs so that your veins work more efficiently to move blood back to your heart.
Varicose veins that are located just under the surface of your skin may be treated through a phlebotomy procedure. During a phlebectomy, your vein specialist will map out the diseased vein before injecting anesthesia along the area of the vein to be removed. An incision less than one millimeter is then created so that the diseased vein can be excised.
During laser ablation treatments, a small catheter is inserted into the vein using ultrasound-guidance, and it is slowly withdrawn while thermal energy is delivered directly to the vein. This energy works to seal the vein until it gradually disappears, rerouting blood to healthier veins with proper functioning valves.
Small spider veins are often treated through sclerotherapy—a procedure in which an irritant is injected into the vein, damaging the vein lining and blocking blood flow so that the vein no longer functions normally. As with other procedures, sclerotherapy reroutes blood flow to healthier veins as the diseased vein slowly closes and is absorbed naturally by your body.
The best way to determine which treatment option is best for your needs is to consult with your vein clinic. For more information on your varicose and spider vein treatment options, contact Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. You can also set up an appointment with our Denver office by visiting us online.