Vein Treatments

Vein disease typically worsens with time. If left untreated, varicose veins cause chronic leg swelling, discoloration, skin thickening and painful ulcers, which can bleed. Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves inside the veins become incompetent. This results in venous reflux or the “backward” flow of blood, leading to bulging vessel walls and pooling of blood, usually in the lower legs.

Endevenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)

Laser treatment for varicose veins or EVLT, uses an ultra-fine fiber placed with an IV into the greater saphenous vein. Computerized laser energy is used to denature the veins inner cell layer and cause the vein to collapse and close. This particular laser treatment for varicose veins eliminates the “reflux” flow and thus the cause of the problem.

Foam Sclerotherapy

Typically used on smaller, more superficial varicose veins, this method employs a sclerosing agent that is injected directly into the vein and chemically denatures the inner vein lining. This too causes the vein to collapse and seal shut.

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy represents your first line of defense against worsening or new vein issues. This non-invasive treatment holds in bulging veins and promotes proper blood flow—decreasing the ache and fullness. Available in a variety of styles, pressure grades and lengths, you can wear compression stockings as often as needed. Continuous compression therapy may eliminate or delay your need for further varicose vein treatments.

Dr. Henry E. Childers, M.D. is happy to provide patients with detailed information, answer all questions, and discuss any concerns. Dr. Childers is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with nearly two decades of experience in vein disease and vein treatment. Because of his past surgical experience, Dr. Childers is intimately familiar with the saphenous vein — the vein most likely to be involved in your vein treatment procedure.

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