Varicose veins are enlarged, twisting, bulging veins found on the legs that result from larger, nonfunctioning veins under the surface. The cause can be found through ultrasound examination of the legs.
If underlying venous insufficiency (vein disease) is detected, the highly experienced doctors at Carolina Vein Specialists can use any of a variety of advanced, minimally invasive vein treatments to close off the pressure to the varicose veins. Depending on your individual needs, we can use:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT/EVLA) – In this in-office procedure, our vein doctors use a thin, light-emitting fiber to heat the vein wall from inside the vein, through a tiny entry opening, with no need for stitches or staples—requires only a simple bandage! The vein begins closing down, and over time it will be naturally absorbed by the body. No downtime and little to no discomfort.
- Microphlebectomy (Ambulatory Phlebectomy) – Using highly specialized instruments, we can remove small sections of the problem vein through tiny openings in this in-office procedure. No stitches or staples, little to no discomfort and no downtime. Just get back to your life.
- Endovenous Chemical Ablation – Also performed in our office, we can inject a medication into the vein under ultrasound guidance for precision. The medication causes the vein to begin shutting down, and it will get absorbed by the body over time. Again, no downtime and little to no discomfort.
- MOCA – ClariVein® – Carolina Vein Specialists is the Triad’s first practice to use this new treatment, which allows treatment of veins not best treated with laser or radiofrequency ablation. MOCA gently agitates the inside of the vein wall with chemical assistance.
- VenaSeal™ – With this safe, effective treatment, we can quickly and painlessly shut down and seal the deep veins that feed varicose veins. Our doctors, the first in the Triad to use this method, skillfully inject a medical-grade adhesive that shuts down the vein. In our hands, risks are low, and treatment takes about 15 minutes. And support stockings are not required for this procedure.
Untreated, varicose veins will get worse.
Varicose veins don’t fix themselves, and the underlying problem will progress. Occasionally, untreated varicose veins can develop phlebitis, which is caused by clotting and can lead to painful, red, hot, swollen and very tender varicose veins. Eventually, open sores (ulcers) may form on the skin if not treated. Ultimately, untreated vein disease can lead to deep vein thrombosis, which is life-threatening. So if you if have varicose veins, get screened, and get the care you need from the Triad’s vein specialists.
I can tell you from personal experience that the results made a huge difference in my life. I only wish I had not waited so long.