Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments  
   

What are Varicose Veins?
VARICOSE VEINS are blue, bulging, nonfunctioning vessels on the legs. The usual symptoms are aching, pinching, heaviness, heat and fatigue aggravated by standing. Often they are inherited. Our experienced specialist, employ several methods of treatment to control them including surgery and injection sclerotherapy. Brownish discoloration may occur after injections for varicose veins and telangiectasia. This often fades but can be permanent. New or recurrent veins can appear occasionally and would be treated by the same methods. Sclerotherapy may produce an inflammatory reaction in the vein called superficial phlebitis, characterized by redness, firmness and tenderness. While not usually serious, if you notice such a reaction, you should notify the doctor.

What are Spider Veins?
SPIDER VEINS, known medically as telangiectasia, are enlarged skin capillaries and are also frequently inherited. While they may be red (arterial capillaries) or blue (venous capillaries), most people have both types. The micro-injection technique consists of instilling a solution into these tiny capillaries using very small needles. This irritates the inner lining of the capillaries so they cease to carry blood and are then gradually replaced by scar tissue without harm to the treated area. A light reddish or purple "blush" may also discolor an area under treatment. The "blush" will usually fade with continued injections but again, may be permanent. Pain during injections is reported by patients as mild. Fading of the spider veins is a slow process and maximum improvement may require several weeks. Multiple visits are often necessary for good results, depending on the extent of the spider veins and the individual's response to treatment. The number of visits and the time spent per visit vary widely. While it is impossible for all spider veins to fade, improvement of 60% - 80% is usual with a full course of treatment. After effects of a visit are slight, but redness, minimal discomfort and swelling of the injected areas may last for a few days. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for several days after each visit.

Varicose Vein Surgery
Larger Varicose Veins occasionally require surgery. Ligation and stripping of the greater saphenous vein and varicosities was the standard approach. We rarely have to perform the procedure anymore. Most patients can have a minimally invasive procedure using a laser to close the saphenous vein. This procedure is done with local anesthesia and it is performed in our office. Patients are able to walk right after the procedure and resume normal activity in a few days.

For more information regarding varicose and spider vein treatments, please call the Connecticut Vascular Center at (203) 288-2886.

 

 

Some Things to Know About Treatments:

• Between treatments, patients are free to carry on normal activities. Because of the temporary dressings used, slacks are reasonable attire. Do not apply lotions or creams to the area of treatment before coming in.

• During the initial office consultation, our medical staff will determine whether the vein problems for which you seek treatment are considered cosmetic or non-cosmetic, according to the American Academy of Dermatology guidelines. We will then inform you of your diagnosis and what will be stated on your insurance form or superbill. Spider veins and most small veins are considered cosmetic, while only larger varicose veins are considered non-cosmetic and are often covered.

• Because it is to some extent cosmetic treatment, insurance companies may not pay. Check with your provider in advance. If that is the case convenient payment terms can be arranged.

• While our experience is extensive, we emphasize that we make no guarantees of success.

• Due to the nature of our practice, surgery and surgical emergencies will always take precedence over any office appointment. While we will schedule an appointment date for you, please understand that emergencies do occur and appointments may have to be changed. We suggest you call the day of your appointment to be sure everything is running on schedule.

 

 
 
 

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