Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have swollen and lifted above the surface of the skin, appearing bumpy and ropey. The valves in these veins no longer function normally and are unable to return blood to the heart. The diseased veins usually appear blue-ish purple or may even be flesh color. Varicose veins are frequently seen on the inside of legs and on the backs of the calves muscles, although it is possible for them to appear anywhere on the legs between the groin and the ankle. These veins are sometimes painful, may look unattractive and could possibly progress to more serious medical emergencies such as ulcers and blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Every patient will receive a personal consultation to determine the source of the problem. At Advanced Vein & Interventional, the most advanced ultrasound technology is used to assess and pinpoint the causes of the diseased veins. Once defined, a unique plan with a combination of the below innovative treatment options will be scheduled.  Because varicose veins have the potential to be such a powerful health risk, many insurance carriers are likely to cover most of the necessary treatments.

VenaSeal is one of the newest varicose vein treatment options and is a patient favorite. With only one point of entry, a medical grade glue is fed through a tiny catheter to use to close problem veins instantly. Due to veins closing on the spot, compression stockings are not a required part of the post procedure plan. Patients can return to normal daily activities as the procedure is over.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is one of the most advanced vein treatments available. Before EVLT, vein stripping was common practice. Unlike vein stripping, EVLT is minimally invasive procedure in which a laser is used to destroy varicose veins at the source of the problem. The heat from the powerful light of the laser closes the unhealthy vein. EVLT is an effective choice to avoid traditional surgery and may be used in place of other treatments. During the EVLT treatment, the vascular expert will insert a laser into the diseased vein with very small catheter guided by an ultrasound device. The heat from the laser damages the walls of the affected vein, causing it to collapse. The vein permanently closes and the body redirects blood to flow through healthy veins. EVLT is an effective and easy way to treat varicose veins without surgery.
Sclerotherapy is commonly used to treat spider veins, but it is also effective piece in some varicose veins treatment plans. During this procedure, a vein specialist will insert a chemical solution called a sclerosant into the diseased vein by route of a very small needle. The solution works by irritating the injected vein without harming any of the other veins around it. The walls of the vein become irritated and eventually collapse. Over a period of a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the diseased veins, the body will reabsorb the veins and reroute blood flow to healthier veins. Sclerotherapy is highly effective and can cover large areas of the leg in a single session, but it several injections may be necessary for larger veins to disappear.
Compression stockings improve the flow of blood in the legs (calf pump), which is vital in returning the blood back up to the heart through the veins. They are made of tightly woven stretch fabric that is specially designed to gently squeeze the legs and massage the calf muscle. If your calf pump is not as strong as it should be, then the vein cannot pump blood back up as efficiently as it could in a healthy vein. Compression stockings have a graduated level of compression; meaning they are very tight around specific places like the ankle and become less tight the higher up they are on the leg. The tension causes the veins to redirect blood flow to veins in areas of the leg with less pressure.

For people who suffer from vein disease, these therapeutic socks can feel great. They are common for conservative venous therapy and are a required part of the healing process for many minimally invasive vein treatments. AVI providers will answer all questions patients may have about the differences in strength, styles and colors of compression stockings available.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have swollen and lifted above the surface of the skin, appearing bumpy and ropey. The valves in these veins no longer function normally and are unable to return blood to the heart. The diseased veins usually appear blue-ish purple or may even be flesh color. Varicose veins are frequently seen on the inside of legs and on the backs of the calves muscles, although it is possible for them to appear anywhere on the legs between the groin and the ankle. These veins are sometimes painful, may look unattractive and could possibly progress to more serious medical emergencies such as ulcers and blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Every patient will receive a personal consultation to determine the source of the problem. At Advanced Vein & Interventional, the most advanced ultrasound technology is used to assess and pinpoint the causes of the diseased veins. Once defined, a unique plan with a combination of the below innovative treatment options will be scheduled.  Because varicose veins have the potential to be such a powerful health risk, many insurance carriers are likely to cover most of the necessary treatments.

VenaSeal is one of the newest varicose vein treatment options and is a patient favorite. With only one point of entry, a medical grade glue is fed through a tiny catheter to use to close problem veins instantly. Due to veins closing on the spot, compression stockings are not a required part of the post procedure plan. Patients can return to normal daily activities as the procedure is over.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is one of the most advanced vein treatments available. Before EVLT, vein stripping was common practice. Unlike vein stripping, EVLT is minimally invasive procedure in which a laser is used to destroy varicose veins at the source of the problem. The heat from the powerful light of the laser closes the unhealthy vein. EVLT is an effective choice to avoid traditional surgery and may be used in place of other treatments. During the EVLT treatment, the vascular expert will insert a laser into the diseased vein with very small catheter guided by an ultrasound device. The heat from the laser damages the walls of the affected vein, causing it to collapse. The vein permanently closes and the body redirects blood to flow through healthy veins. EVLT is an effective and easy way to treat varicose veins without surgery.
Sclerotherapy is commonly used to treat spider veins, but it is also effective piece in some varicose veins treatment plans. During this procedure, a vein specialist will insert a chemical solution called a sclerosant into the diseased vein by route of a very small needle. The solution works by irritating the injected vein without harming any of the other veins around it. The walls of the vein become irritated and eventually collapse. Over a period of a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the diseased veins, the body will reabsorb the veins and reroute blood flow to healthier veins. Sclerotherapy is highly effective and can cover large areas of the leg in a single session, but it several injections may be necessary for larger veins to disappear.
Compression stockings improve the flow of blood in the legs (calf pump), which is vital in returning the blood back up to the heart through the veins. They are made of tightly woven stretch fabric that is specially designed to gently squeeze the legs and massage the calf muscle. If your calf pump is not as strong as it should be, then the vein cannot pump blood back up as efficiently as it could in a healthy vein. Compression stockings have a graduated level of compression; meaning they are very tight around specific places like the ankle and become less tight the higher up they are on the leg. The tension causes the veins to redirect blood flow to veins in areas of the leg with less pressure.

For people who suffer from vein disease, these therapeutic socks can feel great. They are common for conservative venous therapy and are a required part of the healing process for many minimally invasive vein treatments. AVI providers will answer all questions patients may have about the differences in strength, styles and colors of compression stockings available.

Spider Veins

Spider veins, sometimes called telangiectasia, are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. Spider veins are frequently red, blue or purple in color. They often show up as short fine lines that resemble a fallen twig, the branches of a tree, or a spider web. Most of the time, they are seen on the legs, but infrequently, spider veins can be visible on the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks.

Spider veins themselves are harmless and easily treatable, but can occasionally be indicators of a venous disorder. To help prevent reoccurrence, every patient will receive a personal consultation with a vascular expert before any treatment. After the consultation, a treatment plan of one or more of the below options will be scheduled.

Sclerotherapy is the most common and effective treatment option for spider veins. During this procedure, a vein specialist will insert a chemical solution called a sclerosant into the diseased vein by route of a very small needle. The solution works by irritating the injected vein without harming any of the other veins around it. The walls of the vein become irritated and eventually collapse. Over a period of a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the diseased veins, the body will reabsorb the veins and reroute blood flow to healthier veins. Sclerotherapy is highly effective and can cover large areas of the leg in a single session, but it several injections may be necessary for larger veins to disappear.
Compression stockings improve the flow of blood in the legs (calf pump), which is vital in returning the blood back up to the heart through the veins. They are made of tightly woven stretch fabric that is specially designed to gently squeeze the legs and massage the calf muscle. If your calf pump is not as strong as it should be, then the vein cannot pump blood back up as efficiently as it could in a healthy vein. Compression stockings have a graduated level of compression; meaning they are very tight around specific places like the ankle and become less tight the higher up they are on the leg. The tension causes the veins to redirect blood flow to veins in areas of the leg with less pressure.

For people who suffer from vein disease, these therapeutic socks can feel great. They are common for conservative therapy and are a required part of the healing process for many minimally invasive vein treatments. AVI providers will answer all questions patients may have about the differences in strength, styles and colors of compression stockings available.

Reserved for the tiniest red spider veins that appear on the face, VeinGogh is fast procedure that uses a very small needle to deliver a minor electric current directly to superficial veins. Veins are closed and disappear quickly. This procedure is very low pain and has been equated to the same sensation as a hair being plucked. This procedure can often be administered the same day of the consultation. No bandages are necessary and patients can go about their day as normal.

Spider Veins

Spider veins, sometimes called telangiectasia, are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. Spider veins are frequently red, blue or purple in color. They often show up as short fine lines that resemble a fallen twig, the branches of a tree, or a spider web. Most of the time, they are seen on the legs, but infrequently, spider veins can be visible on the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks.

Spider veins themselves are harmless and easily treatable, but can occasionally be indicators of a venous disorder. To help prevent reoccurrence, every patient will receive a personal consultation with a vascular expert before any treatment. After the consultation, a treatment plan of one or more of the below options will be scheduled.

Sclerotherapy is the most common and effective treatment option for spider veins. During this procedure, a vein specialist will insert a chemical solution called a sclerosant into the diseased vein by route of a very small needle. The solution works by irritating the injected vein without harming any of the other veins around it. The walls of the vein become irritated and eventually collapse. Over a period of a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the diseased veins, the body will reabsorb the veins and reroute blood flow to healthier veins. Sclerotherapy is highly effective and can cover large areas of the leg in a single session, but it several injections may be necessary for larger veins to disappear.
Compression stockings improve the flow of blood in the legs (calf pump), which is vital in returning the blood back up to the heart through the veins. They are made of tightly woven stretch fabric that is specially designed to gently squeeze the legs and massage the calf muscle. If your calf pump is not as strong as it should be, then the vein cannot pump blood back up as efficiently as it could in a healthy vein. Compression stockings have a graduated level of compression; meaning they are very tight around specific places like the ankle and become less tight the higher up they are on the leg. The tension causes the veins to redirect blood flow to veins in areas of the leg with less pressure.

For people who suffer from vein disease, these therapeutic socks can feel great. They are common for conservative therapy and are a required part of the healing process for many minimally invasive vein treatments. AVI providers will answer all questions patients may have about the differences in strength, styles and colors of compression stockings available.

Reserved for the tiniest red spider veins that appear on the face, VeinGogh is fast procedure that uses a very small needle to deliver a minor electric current directly to superficial veins. Veins are closed and disappear quickly. This procedure is very low pain and has been equated to the same sensation as a hair being plucked. This procedure can often be administered the same day of the consultation. No bandages are necessary and patients can go about their day as normal.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) affects nearly 2 million Americans each year. It is a serious condition that occurs when a deep vein is partially or completely blocked by a blood clot. DVT typically appears in the leg, mostly in the lower part of the calf vein, but has been known to materialize in other parts of the body.

Left untreated, DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal. PE occurs when a blood clot travels through the veins and blocks a major blood vessel leading to the lungs. The goal for treatment is to prevent the clot from increasing in size or breaking off and floating through the blood stream to another part of the body such as the heart and lungs.

Early detection and treatment is essential to treating this life threatening condition. As DVT is often difficult to detect, AVI specialists employ the most advanced medical testing to identity and diagnose DVT. Treatment is minimally invasive and usually includes a combination of catheter-directed thrombosis and inferior vena cava filters (IVC).

Symptoms

  • Pain, Swelling (unusual and sudden)
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Aching
  • Redness or other skin color changes
  • Skin that is warm to the touch
  • Fever
  • In severe cases a bluish color of the skin
  • No symptoms at all

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) affects nearly 2 million Americans each year. It is a serious condition that occurs when a deep vein is partially or completely blocked by a blood clot. DVT typically appears in the leg, mostly in the lower part of the calf vein, but has been known to materialize in other parts of the body.

Left untreated, DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal. PE occurs when a blood clot travels through the veins and blocks a major blood vessel leading to the lungs. The goal for treatment is to prevent the clot from increasing in size or breaking off and floating through the blood stream to another part of the body such as the heart and lungs.

Early detection and treatment is essential to treating this life threatening condition. As DVT is often difficult to detect, AVI specialists employ the most advanced medical testing to identity and diagnose DVT. Treatment is minimally invasive and usually includes a combination of catheter-directed thrombosis and inferior vena cava filters (IVC).

Symptoms

  • Pain, Swelling (unusual and sudden)
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Aching
  • Redness or other skin color changes
  • Skin that is warm to the touch
  • Fever
  • In severe cases a bluish color of the skin
  • No symptoms at all

Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD exists in various forms and damages the arteries, which deliver blood from the heart throughout the body. The most common types of peripheral arterial disease include blood clots or calcium that block blood flow and prevent oxygen from reaching tissue. This can cause pain, sores, or even dead tissue that can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Some patients experience pain, heaviness or cramping in their legs while walking, which prevents them from enjoying their lives. But only a small number of people will experience these more extreme and painful symptoms. After a consultation with non-invasive imaging, a treatment plan will be scheduled with a combination of catheter-directed thrombolysis, angioplasty & stent placement.

AVI physicians are passionate about helping patients with this serious condition and saving extremities in even the most dire circumstances.

Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD exists in various forms and damages the arteries, which deliver blood from the heart throughout the body. The most common types of peripheral arterial disease include blood clots or calcium that block blood flow and prevent oxygen from reaching tissue. This can cause pain, sores, or even dead tissue that can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Some patients experience pain, heaviness or cramping in their legs while walking, which prevents them from enjoying their lives. But only a small number of people will experience these more extreme and painful symptoms. After a consultation with non-invasive imaging, a treatment plan will be scheduled with a combination of catheter-directed thrombolysis, angioplasty & stent placement.

AVI physicians are passionate about helping patients with this serious condition and saving extremities in even the most dire circumstances.

Pelvic Venous Insufficiency

About 30 percent of patients with chronic pelvic pain suffer from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, also known as Pelvic Venous Insufficiency (PVI). Pelvic venous insufficiency is similar to varicose veins in the legs, but located in the ovarian and pelvic veins. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and don’t close properly. Symptoms can range from a dull aching sensation to more severe discomfort, backache, painful intercourse and painful menstruation. The condition is mostly seen in women who have had children, although it can occur in males.

Advanced Vein & Interventional specialists employ the latest non-invasive diagnostic imaging techniques and may recommend treatment methods such as coil embolization. Additionally, at patient discretion, AVI staff will work in cooperation with the referring Gynecologist to determine a clinical diagnosis and the proposed treatment options.

Pelvic Venous Insufficiency

About 30 percent of patients with chronic pelvic pain suffer from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, also known as Pelvic Venous Insufficiency (PVI). Pelvic venous insufficiency is similar to varicose veins in the legs, but located in the ovarian and pelvic veins. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and don’t close properly. Symptoms can range from a dull aching sensation to more severe discomfort, backache, painful intercourse and painful menstruation. The condition is mostly seen in women who have had children, although it can occur in males.

Advanced Vein & Interventional specialists employ the latest non-invasive diagnostic imaging techniques and may recommend treatment methods such as coil embolization. Additionally, at patient discretion, AVI staff will work in cooperation with the referring Gynecologist to determine a clinical diagnosis and the proposed treatment options.

May-Thurner Syndrome

May-Thurner Syndrome, sometimes referred to as iliac compression syndrome, is a condition named after R. May and J. Thurner, the first to document this disorder in 1957. This syndrome is hereditary, during which the left common iliac vein narrows due to pressure from the nearby artery. This tightening of the affected vein from the pressure of artery above increases the likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be deadly if left untreated. Advanced Vein & Interventional providers are experts in the proper detection and diagnosis of this syndrome.

May-Thurner Syndrome

May-Thurner Syndrome, sometimes referred to as iliac compression syndrome, is a condition named after R. May and J. Thurner, the first to document this disorder in 1957. This syndrome is hereditary, during which the left common iliac vein narrows due to pressure from the nearby artery. This tightening of the affected vein from the pressure of artery above increases the likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be deadly if left untreated. Advanced Vein & Interventional providers are experts in the proper detection and diagnosis of this syndrome.

Varicoceles

A common cause of testicle pain varicose veins of the testicle and scrotum known as varicoceles. Veins contain one-way valves that work to allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. When these valves fail, the blood pools and enlarges the veins around the testicle in the scrotum to cause a varicocele.

The highest occurrence is in men ages 15-35. Approximately ten percent of all men have varicoceles – among infertile couples, the incidence of varicoceles increases to 30 percent. Treatment for this condition is interventional embolization. This minimally invasive treatment is as effective as traditional surgery with less risk, less pain and less recovery time. Patients considering surgical treatment should also get a second opinion from an Advanced Vein & Interventional provider to ensure they know all of their treatment options. An average of one to two days is required for complete recovery for embolization, compared to two to three weeks for surgery. Nearly one quarter of surgical ligation patients required overnight hospital stay, compared to none for embolization.

Symptoms

  • Pain while standing or sitting for a long period of time.
  • Prominent and bulging veins.
  • Testicular atrophy (shrinkage).
  • Fertility problems.

Varicoceles

A common cause of testicle pain varicose veins of the testicle and scrotum known as varicoceles. Veins contain one-way valves that work to allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. When these valves fail, the blood pools and enlarges the veins around the testicle in the scrotum to cause a varicocele.

The highest occurrence is in men ages 15-35. Approximately ten percent of all men have varicoceles – among infertile couples, the incidence of varicoceles increases to 30 percent. Treatment for this condition is interventional embolization. This minimally invasive treatment is as effective as traditional surgery with less risk, less pain and less recovery time. Patients considering surgical treatment should also get a second opinion from an Advanced Vein & Interventional provider to ensure they know all of their treatment options. An average of one to two days is required for complete recovery for embolization, compared to two to three weeks for surgery. Nearly one quarter of surgical ligation patients required overnight hospital stay, compared to none for embolization.

Symptoms

  • Pain while standing or sitting for a long period of time.
  • Prominent and bulging veins.
  • Testicular atrophy (shrinkage).
  • Fertility problems.

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