Bay Area Vein Treatment
Previously, varicose veins were traditionaly treated with a vein surgery called ligation & stripping. This procedure is still employed in certain situations, but recent advances in medical technology have led to a host of new vein treatment options that are far less invasive and easier to recover from than vein surgery. Dr. Hyde and his staff offer a number of minimally invasive, pain-free produce’s to treat varicose veins & spider veins.
At one of your earliest visits to our Bay Area vein clinic, Dr. Hyde will most likely perform a duplex ultrasound. This non-invasive procedure provides imaging of veins that cannot be seen from the surface of the skin. By examining the path, size and blood flow of your veins through duplex ultrasound, he can determine the most applicable means of treatment.
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT)
With a high success rate and little discomfort, EVLT is one of the newer treatments available for patients with varicose veins. EVLT begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. Then your surgeon will direct laser energy through a thin laser fiber to the affected vein. The laser energy results in the collapse of the vein, which is soon reabsorbed by the body while blood flow is automatically redirected to healthier veins. The procedure generally takes less than two hours, and patients return to normal activity levels within a few days.
For large varicose veins located close to the surface of the skin, ambulatory phlebectomy may be the treatment of choice. After applying a local anesthetic, your surgeon will make an incision of about 1 mm through which the damaged veins can be extracted. This in-office procedure is fast and generally without discomfort. Use of compression bandages is usually recommended for a couple of weeks following the procedure to facilitate healing.
If you are diagnosed with spider veins or veins on the hands or breasts, your recommended treatment plan is likely to include sclerotherapy. First, a chemical or “sclerosing” agent is injected into the vein, which responds by closing itself off. Patients of this minimally invasive procedure report very little if any discomfort and enjoy a quick return to a normal activity level.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is for veins not easily visible at the surface of the skin. Similar to regular sclerotherapy, it makes use of a sclerosing agent injected into the vein, but in this case ultrasound imaging is deployed to help your physician guide the injection precisely into the damaged vein.
Regardless of what your particular vein problem may be, one or more of these techniques can help. If you are a Bay area resident who wants to know more about vein treatment, contact us today.