Varicose veins are blood vessels which have become dilated, twisted, and swollen. Although they can occur anywhere in the body, they primarily affect the legs and feet. Millions of Americans, primarily women between the ages of 30 and 70, suffer from this unsightly and frequently painful vascular disorder. Our office offers proven varicose vein treatment. Learn about the causes and available treatments for varicose veins below.
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Causes of Varicose Veins
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Although the exact cause of varicose veins is still unknown, physicians have determined that varicose veins form when blood vessels become weak and malfunction. Varicose veins commonly form when blood can no longer flow easily against gravity. Whether a product of dysfunctional valves or weakened walls, the end result is usually bulging veins and leg pain.
There are a number of factors that seem to contribute to poor blood vessel functioning, including:
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Hormonal shifts during pregnancy
Varicose Vein Treatment
At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we are proud to offer the very latest methods and technology to eliminate varicose veins. Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt and his experienced, knowledgeable staff can help patients determine which varicose vein treatment option is most appropriate for their medical needs. Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and Endolaser™ vein removal are among the most popular varicose vein treatments available today. Extremely effective and non-surgical, both Endolaser™ and ultrasound-guided injections are minimally invasive and deliver remarkable results.
Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy for Medical Vein Treatment
Used for years to detect pregnancy and track fetal development, ultrasound technology is now being applied to vein treatments, with tremendous results. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a revolutionary development which eliminates the need for surgery in 95 percent of patients. The Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay is proudly one of the first clinics in the country to utilize ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins.
An out-patient procedure, duplex ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy allows Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt to both diagnose and treat malfunctioning veins. During treatment, Dr. Hunt conducts an ultrasound scan of the legs to determine the size, location, and function level of the veins. The ultrasound helps Dr. Hunt locate problematic veins, guide the sclerosing injections, and close them. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes and is repeated several times over a few weeks.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy patients are encouraged to continue their normal activities, particularly exercise, since circulation helps promote recovery. People often report playing tennis, walking several miles or returning to work immediately after treatment. Several check-ups are scheduled at two and four month intervals to ensure the veins have not reopened.
Advantages of Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy
Prior to the development of ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, a painful and expensive procedure known as stripping was used to treat varicose veins. Patients often required hospitalization, weeks of recovery, and often experienced noticeable scarring. Additionally, this procedure may only have removed the patient’s major saphenous vein, and may not have treated other malfunctioning vessels. Instances of recurrence are also high in patients treated with the stripping technique.
In sclerotherapy without using ultrasound, doctors can only treat the veins they see or feel, while the deeper veins, often the source of the problem, go undetected. A doctor watching the veins through ultrasound is less likely to miss a vein and is more precise in placing the injection – an important factor, since the solution can cause scarring in skin and muscle tissue. As a result of treating incompetent saphenous veins, the recurrence of spider veins is significantly reduced.
Cost of Sclerotherapy
The price of ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins is usually about half the cost of surgery. Many insurance companies will cover this treatment.
Please Contact our Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida-area office for a sclerotherapy consultation.
Laser vein removal is a proven, effective treatment for unsightly broken vessels or unwanted vascular lesions. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we utilize the latest advances in safe, effective laser technology. These new modalities have given Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt a method for vein removal that is safer, faster, and more effective than any previous treatment. Available to our patients in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida area, laser vein removal is performed by passing a specialized light through the patient’s skin. The laser light is absorbed by unwanted veins, causing them to coagulate, absorb, and disappear.
CoolTouch Endolaser™ treatments, available to Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and Florida-area patients, is an advanced laser vein removal option that uses an intravenous medical laser to treat venous disorders. CoolTouch Endolaser™ boasts a nearly 100 percent success rate and patients report only minor pain during treatment.
The CoolTouch Endolaser™ procedure is minimally invasive and is performed right in our comfortable Tampa Bay office. A local anesthetic is administered before laser vein removal to limit discomfort, and the entire treatment generally takes less than an hour.
Recovery from Laser Vein Removal
Your symptoms will begin to improve immediately after the CoolTouch Endolaser™ procedure is completed. However, depending on their severity, some symptoms may take one to two weeks to completely disappear. After laser vein removal treatment, your leg will be wrapped in a compression bandage, and you will be up and walking within 30 minutes. You will be able to resume routine activity the same day and athletic or strenuous activities within several days.
Advantages of Laser Vein Removal
CoolTouch Endolaser™ treatment does not require any incision scars and rarely results in bruising. Other more invasive treatments require a longer rehabilitation timetable and may cause scars or bruising.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the preferred way to treat varicose veins?
- When will I be able to return to normal activities?
Cost of Laser Vein Removal
The price of laser vein removal with CoolTouch Endolaser™ is usually significantly less than other surgical options. Many insurance companies will cover treatment. Pricing for CoolTouch Endolaser™ varies according to each individual’s leg problem and proposed treatment plan. Contact our Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida-area office to learn more about laser vein removal.
For more information about varicose vein treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida area. Arrange a consultation and examination today.