If you’ve begun to notice dark, bulging and noticeably blue veins twisting down and around your thigh or calf, it’s time to do something about it. Varicose veins can lead to more serious health issues, if left untreated. When you have varicose veins, the valves inside the vein aren’t working effectively or at all. The valves are responsible for pushing blood back to your heart. When that doesn’t happen, blood can get stuck inside your vein, pool under the valves, and cause excess pressure inside your vein. This pressure is a known culprit that causes large, twisted varicose veins to appear near the surface of your skin.
These problem veins can lead to painful, itchy, swollen skin — they aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Fortunately, you do not need to live with them. In fact, you shouldn’t because untreated varicose veins worsen over time and can lead to skin discoloration or other debilitating symptoms like painful, open sores. In addition, the majority of health insurance plans will cover procedures to treat varicose veins.
Varicose vein treatment
At Surgical Specialists of Carolina, we offer highly innovative and minimally invasive treatment for your varicose veins. Our vein care specialists are skilled in the following treatments:
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (ClosureFast)
ClosureFast treats the cause of varicose veins with the use of a specialized catheter that uses radiofrequency energy to heat up the dysfunctional veins. When these veins are treated with this heat, they collapse, shrivel and disappear over time.
Sclerotherapy can also be used to treat varicose veins by injecting them with a specific medication called a sclerosant. There are several available options, but Surgical Specialists of Carolina prefers to use Varithena (polidocanol foam). The Varithena foamed solution can be used to treat nearly any size and shape varicose vein, in any location in the legs. Once the Varithena foam is activated, it’s injected directly into the varicose vein, which then irritates the lining of the blood vessel and over time causes it to collapse.
If you’re suffering from painful, unsightly varicose veins, our skilled specialists will begin your varicose vein treatment by conducting a vein mapping procedure. This ultrasound procedure will give your vein care specialist a very accurate picture of your vein health. The ultrasound is also covered by most health insurance plans.
The doctors at Surgical Specialists of Carolina are ready to provide you with a comprehensive vein mapping procedure that accurately determines which varicose vein treatment is right for you. Contact us at 828-585-2575 and get your smooth, healthy legs back again.