Varicose Veins and Venous Disease

2/15/2016 news

Varicose Veins and Venous Disease

Varicose Veins Affect Half of Americans Over 50

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. 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.

Miami Vascular Specialist physicians successfully relieve this pain and improve the appearance of 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.

Varicose vein treatment may be covered by insurance. Many payers provide coverage for EVLT as a primary treatment and sclerotherapy as a secondary treatment for patients meeting specific physical and pre-treatment criteria. Traditional vein surgery is usually approved for advanced disease. Specific criteria for coverage generally include use of medications, use of compression stockings, activity level, history of thrombosis, family history and physical symptoms. Contact us with any questions you may have at 305-274-2030.

Minimally Invasive Office Based Procedures

EndoVenous Laser and Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment uses radiofrequency and laser energy to kill the diseased portion of a varicose vein, causing the vein to seal closed and to be reabsorbed by the body over a few weeks to months. These procedures are performed in our office in about 30 to 60 minutes, and many patients can quickly return to most normal activities.

Sclerotherapy is performed in our offices by injecting a sclerosant directly into 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 over a few weeks to months.

Surgical Intervention 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, a small incision is made over the varicose vein and the vein is ligated. Vein stripping (surgical removal of the varicosed vessel) may sometimes be needed to remove large varicose veins from the body.

Because our physicians actively participate in the development and clinical trials of new vascular therapies, we are able to offer additional therapies for vascular conditions throughout the body that are not readily available elsewhere.