Varicose veins are a result of weakened or nonfunctioning vein valves. When the venous valves fail, blood moves downward towards the feet (reflux), which results in excess pressure. This pressure causes large, twisted veins to appear near the surface of your skin, which also leads to the feeling of pain and discomfort.
While many people consider varicose veins a cosmetic issue, they actually result from larger, nonfunctioning veins under the surface of the skin. These veins worsen over time and can lead to surface veins, swelling of the feet and ankles, tender legs to the touch, skin discoloration or other debilitating symptoms like painful, open sores.
A vein mapping procedure using an ultrasound can help find the cause. Once your vein care specialist knows where the problem is, they can use one of several techniques to close off the pressure to the varicose vein.
Varicose vein treatment options
Carolina Vein Specialists offer highly innovative and minimally invasive treatment options for your varicose veins. All of our vein care treatments are performed in the office, so there’s no need for hospitals or sedation. You can resume all normal daily activities immediately following your treatment. Our vein care specialists are skilled in the following treatments, and will help you determine which option is right for you:
- Endovenous laser ablation (EVLT)
EVLT is an effective outpatient treatment for varicose veins. Using an ultrasound, your vein care specialist will identify the problem veins and guide a thin laser fiber into the vein through a small opening in the skin. Laser energy is then sent to the diseased vein through the fiber, causing it to collapse, shrivel away, and disappear over time.
Microphlebectomy is another effective outpatient procedure that utilizes special tools to directly remove varicose veins from the leg. Your vein care specialist will numb the affected area and carefully remove the veins. No stitches, discomfort, or downtime.
- Endovenous chemical ablation
A third outpatient procedure that is effective in the treatment and removal of varicose veins is endovenous chemical ablation. Using an ultrasound to see the abnormal veins, your vein care specialist will inject a medication into the diseased vein, causing it to close. This procedure will eliminate any pain associated with bulging, ropy varicose veins and help them disappear over time.
When you need the most advanced vein treatment in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, contact Carolina Vein Specialists at 336-218-8346. Our vein care specialists are highly skilled and experienced in the treatment of varicose veins using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques.