Which Vein Treatment is Right for You ?
At the Houston Vein Institute, Dr. Gomez and his staff excel at guiding patients to the optimal solution for their vein problems. Whether you’re looking for spider vein treatment or a procedure for varicose veins, there is an answer for you. The team’s years of vascular experience are supported by highly effective technology, and all of our treatments are performed in office. The procedures are fast and patients can return to their normal routines right away.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins, the large rope like veins that look blue or red and protrude from under the skin. Radio frequency delivered through a needle smaller than a human hair pulses heat to kill the affected vein, redirecting blood flow to healthier, stronger veins. The discomfort associated with varicose veins is relieved right away, and patients can expect to see results in 3-8 weeks, depending on the size of the vein treated. You will need to wear compression hosiery for a couple of weeks, and over the counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen will usually manage the discomfort.
Following laser treatment, the affected vein still remains in the leg, and must be removed to finish the treatment. In a procedure known as phlebectomy, a micro-puncture is made near the now shrunken varicose vein, and it is removed. Afterward, the patient wears compression wrap for 48 hours. No anesthetic is needed for phlebectomy.
For spider vein relief, Dr. Gomez and the Houston Vein Institute often recommend Veinwave. This technology uses a microwave pulse to kill the spider veins, eliminating them immediately. A typical session lasts about 15 minutes, and results are immediately visible. Patients return to work and all normal activities right away.
Veinwave is mildly painful, so patients must apply a topical anesthetic 2 hours prior to treatment. Scarring and skin pigmentation may occur in some cases, as well as a small burn. Patients need to avoid direct sun after treatment to help avoid skin discoloration.
Sclerotherapy is also a common treatment for both varicose and spider veins. A tiny needle injects a scarring agent into the veins, causing them to scar over and disappear. The doctor will inject a local anesthetic to ease any discomfort. The procedure is fast, and compression bandages are applied immediately afterwards. Patients continue wearing compression stockings in the following weeks to ensure the veins scar as small as possible, so that they are no longer visible when healing is complete.
Sometimes a combination of therapies is the best course of action. Patients who have spider veins may also have varicose veins, and may need more than one procedure. The best way to know which treatment is right for your problem veins is to visit the Houston Vein Institute. During your consultation, you’ll talk about your goals and get answers to your questions. In some cases, you’ll be able to set an appointment right away. Don’t hesitate any longer, contact the team to learn more about your treatment options. Your medical insurance may help to reduce the cost of treatments.
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