• 1 January 2020
  • Dr. Obinna Nwobi

Do you think about getting rid of unsightly veins but keep putting it off? Maybe you think it’s just a cosmetic procedure that your insurance won’t cover. Or if you’re like many of our patients at Vein Health Clinics, you envision a painful surgical procedure because you don’t know that today’s procedures are pain free and done in the office.If you want to eliminate varicose or spider veins, you can take one small step forward by making it one of your New Year’s resolutions. We know that’s an unusual resolution, but it helps turn your wish into a more concrete goal.The first step toward reaching your goal is to keep reading so you can learn about your options for eliminating veins. Then it’s just a matter of scheduling a consultation so we can answer your questions, ease your concerns, and explain all about banishing varicose and spider veins.

Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic problem

Spider veins are a cosmetic problem that can spoil the appearance of your face and legs. On their own, however, spider veins don’t cause pain or pose a risk to your health.

The same can’t be said for varicose veins. Varicose veins can be painful and achy, make your legs feel heavy, and cause muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs. Varicose veins can also lead to serious problems.

When you have varicose veins, blood doesn’t flow back to your heart normally. Instead, old blood is trapped in the vein and can seep into nearby tissues. The blood pressure inside the affected vein also increases. These problems lead to complications such as:

  • Stasis dermatitis (red, scaly, itchy skin)
  • Venous stasis ulcers (non-healing wounds on your leg)
  • Lipodermatosclerosis (thick, discolored skin that’s painful, inflamed, and itchy)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a deep leg vein)

Eliminating varicose veins prevents these complications, which makes treatment to eliminate them more than a cosmetic procedure. Instead, it’s a medical procedure that happens to give you the great benefit of making your legs look better.

How we banish unsightly veins

Not long ago, the only way to get rid of varicose veins was a surgical procedure called vein stripping. Today, we offer several minimally invasive options that are all done in the office using a local anesthetic:

Sclerotherapy

During sclerotherapy, we inject a medication that makes the vein walls collapse and close. Then the treated area turns into scar tissue that your body naturally removes.

Sclerotherapy is the primary treatment for spider veins, and it also works well for varicose veins. For small veins, we inject liquid medication. For larger varicose veins, we use a foam medication that expands inside the veins to effectively treat the surface of the vein walls.

Endovenous ablation

Endovenous ablation is a procedure in which we use ultrasound imaging to see your veins and to guide a narrow catheter through the blood vessels to the targeted varicose vein. The catheter is inserted through a nick in your skin that’s so small it doesn’t need stitches and doesn’t leave a scar.

Once the catheter is at the targeted varicose vein, radiofrequency energy is used to heat the vein, making the walls close and sealing it shut. Just like sclerotherapy, scar tissue forms and it’s eliminated by your body.

Microphlebectomy

For tortuous veins close to the surface, we may recommend a microphlebectomy, also known as ambulatory phlebectomy. During a microphlebectomy, we make pinhole-sized incisions and use a special tool to tease the veins out through the opening.

The biggest difference between this and other vein treatments is that your veins are physically removed, so you don’t have to wait for your body to clear away the treated veins.

If you’ve decided that this is the year to finally banish unattractive veins, call one of our offices in Winter Haven or Oviedo, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.

About The Author

Dr. Obinna Nwobi

Dr. Obinna Nwobi is a board certified vascular surgeon, who chose to practice in an underserved area in Florida. In a field that graduates only 100 new vascular surgeons a year, Dr. Nwobi is an exemplary vascular surgeon who worked for the Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Hospital, and large private and public hospitals.

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