Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments
How are varicose veins and spider veins diagnosed?
Your physician will perform a complete medical history and physical exam. Also, you may have one of the following diagnostic tests:
- Duplex ultrasound – This vascular ultrasound checks the blood flow and structure of your veins.
- Color-flow imaging (also called a triplex ultrasound) – Similar to a duplex ultrasound, this procedure uses color to show the direction of blood flow.
- Magnetic resonance venography (MRV) – MRV uses a combination of large magnets and a computer to view your veins. During this test, a dye is injected into your veins for a better view.
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What are treatments for varicose veins and spider veins?
ProMedica offers a number of treatments in the Toledo area for spider and varicose veins including both non-surgical and surgical options. Together, you and your doctor will discuss the best treatment for you.
- NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS
Compression stockings – Elastic stockings squeeze your veins and prevent blood from pooling. They have been proven to work when worn daily.
- MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPTIONS
Sclerotherapy – With this most common treatment for spider and varicose veins, a concentrated saline solution is injected into the veins. The solution then hardens causing the vein to close and collapse. Over time, healthy blood vessels will absorb the blood flow.
Endovenous laser ablation – Enlarged veins are removed with high-intensity laser beams or intense pulsating light with guidance from an ultrasound.
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Radiofrequency closure ablations – An alternative treatment option to vein stripping, a thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening using a single needle stick. The catheter delivers radio frequency energy to the vein causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Over time, other healthy veins will take over.
VenaSeal™ closure system – This procedure is a new, minimally invasive procedure that uses an advanced medical adhesive to close the diseased vein. VenaSeal™ is designed to minimize patient discomfort and recovery time. It offers many benefits to the patient including no anesthesia or compression stockings after the procedure.
Phlebectomy – This procedure involves the removal of your vein by tiny punctures or incisions along the path of the vein. Through these small incisions, your surgeon uses a phlebectomy hook to remove your vein.
- SURGICAL OPTIONS
Vein stripping – Your surgeon makes an incision in your skin and removes or ties off the blood vessel.
To find out if you are a candidate for varicose vein or spider vein treatment in Toledo and the surrounding area, sign up for a free screening or call Vein Care in Sylvania at 877-551-VEIN (or 419-291-2090).