Varicose Vein Treatment An Overview
Varicose veins are caused by vein reflux disease. Vein Reflux disease causes valves in the vascular system to stop working properly. Valves are one-way flaps that allow blood to flow in one direction through the vascular system. Faulty valves allow blood to flow backward, causing veins to collapse and disturbing the normal flow of blood throughout the body.
Left untreated, blood begins to pool at the site of the collapsed vein causing the veins to swell. As the veins swell, they become visible just below the surface of the skin. These visible veins are referred to as varicose veins.
Risk Factors for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can affect both men and women. Anyone could develop varicose veins, however, there are certain populations at a higher risk. Knowing the risk factors can help patients receive an early diagnosis.
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Family history of vein reflux disease
- Have other venous conditions
- Pregnant women
- Patients who are overweight
- Elderly patients
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are most commonly visible on the hands and legs. Patients with varicose veins may experience a range of symptoms including:
- Leg pain
- Ankle swelling
- Heaviness in the legs
- Restless legs
- Skin discoloration
- Texture change in skin
- Open wounds or sores
It is important to seek treatment for varicose veins as soon as possible. Early diagnosis allows for the most effective treatment. Dr. Shiloh offers a range of non-invasive procedures that can minimize the appereance of varicose veins.
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Varicose Vein Treatment What to Expect
Dr. Aaron Shiloh uses the latest and most effective minimally invasive techniques for treating vascular conditions. Dr. Shiloh will help patients determine the most effective treatment options for their individual vein health concerns and cosmetic goals. Dr. Shiloh will develop a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan that will repair the visual effects of varicose veins while improving the patient’s vascular health.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Philadelphia, PA Center for SmartLipo and Plastic Surgery offers a range of treatments for varicose veins.
The Covidien ClosureFast System™
The Covidien ClosureFast System™ is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime. Using radio-frequency ablation this procedure works by collapsing and closing off enlarged veins.
The patient will be given local anesthesia for their ultimate comfort. Ultrasound imaging is used to locate and map affected veins prior to treatment for more precise and effective treatment.
Dr. Shiloh will insert a small catheter into the vein. The catheter heats the vein in small sections. The treatment is done in 20-second cycles, and will gradually collapse the vein. Then the catheter administers radiofrequency energy to the vein to seal the vein closed.
This outpatient procedure requires little downtime and patients are able to return home after treatment. It is recommended that patients remain active several days post treatment to allow for proper blood flow. Compression stockings should also be worn to promote optimal blood flow. Our team will review all proper post treatment procedures prior to treatment.