From Shopper-News, Feb. 7, 2011.
With your legs buried under layers of heavy winter clothing, it’s easy to forget about them. If varicose or spider veins are hidden under those layers, the physicians at Premier Vein Clinics advise that it’s best not to ignore them.
“Spider veins can be indicators of other serious vascular issues and can lead to painful and dangerous varicose veins,” said Dr. Christopher Pollock, a board-certified vascular surgeon at Premier Vein Clinics. “Varicose veins can result in pain and numbness, skin ulcers, or even a serious blood clot.”
Pollock adds, “Many people assume varicose veins are just part of aging and that treating them is merely a cosmetic issue. To those people, I would say that the benefits of seeing a certified surgeon can be far more important than just being able to show off your legs again.”
Board-certified vascular specialists at Premier Vein Clinics are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spider and varicose veins and venous disease, and they can use this clinical experience to determine the best treatment option. Thanks to advancements in medical technology, most procedures require only a local anesthetic, take an hour or less, and have little or no side effects or downtime.
Procedures available to treat varicose veins include:
- Sclerotherapy, an in-office, minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure in which affected veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse and fade away. The number of treatments needed varies based on the severity of the problem.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy, a procedure that uses pinhole incisions to treat medium to large veins with little or no downtime. This in-office, minimally invasive procedure can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.
- Endovenous laser therapy (ELT), a non-invasive treatment for larger veins using laser energy delivered through a small puncture in the leg to treat the diseased vein. The in-office procedure is performed in about an hour. Normally, patients resume regular activity within a day.
Dr. Pollock encourages anyone with spider or varicose veins to make an appointment to discuss treatment options available. Click here to request an appointment online or call 865-588-8229.