Varicose Veins and Venous Disease
Varicose veins are a common problem that affects approximately half of all Americans older than 50 years. Varicose veins occur when the vessel walls or the valves in veins stretch or weaken, allowing blood to flow back down into the legs. When too much blood flows back into your legs, the leg veins become swollen, painful, and cosmetically unappealing.
Varicose veins may cause swelling, heaviness, pain, dark areas on the skin, and in severe cases, skin ulceration. Our dedicated physicians successfully relieve this pain and improve the appearance of your legs by using a variety of advanced treatment options. Many procedures can be completed in our offices and cause little discomfort and minimal recovery times.
EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) uses laser energy to kill the diseased portion of a varicose vein, causing the vein to seal closed and be reabsorbed by the body. EVLT is performed in your physician's office in about 30 to 60 minutes, and you can return to most normal activities immediately afterward.
Sclerotherapy is performed in our offices by injecting a chemical substance, called a sclerosant, directly into your affected veins. The chemical causes affected veins to harden from the inside out. The veins are then no longer able to fill with blood and they close off and are reabsorbed by your body over a few weeks to months.
Vein Stripping and Vein Ligation. Traditionally, very large varicose veins have been treated with surgical techniques called vein stripping and vein ligation. In vein ligation, an incision is made over the varicose vein and the vein is tied off, or ligated. Vein stripping (surgical removal of the varicosed vessel) may sometimes be needed to remove large varicose veins from the body.
Additional venous procedures
In addition to varicose vein treatments, we offer treatment options for spider veins and vascular blemishes. Our physicians also provide effective treatment for patients with venous insufficiency and ulceration caused by vascular problems. Miami Vascular Specialists (MVS) also have extensive experience in the placement of inferior vena cava filters for patients at high risk for pulmonary embolism during surgery.
Venous diseases include a broad range of conditions that affect blood circulation throughout the body. Some conditions, such as chronic venous insufficiency, develop over time, while others such as congenital malformations, may have been present throughout a person's entire life. Those conditions also include venous malformations such as varicocele. Common venous diseases include varicose veins and peripheral vascular disease. Because MVS physicians actively participate in the development and clinical trials of new vascular therapies, we can offer additional therapies for many vascular conditions that are not readily available elsewhere, including:
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Diabetic Vascular Disease
- Leg Artery Disease
- Liver Disease
- Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Renal Failure
- Renovascular Conditions
- Varicose Veins
- Vascular Malformations