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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, swollen vessels that appear blue and are usually found in the legs. They occur when the veins, which carry blood back to the heart, have faulty valves. These valves, when working properly, keep blood flowing to the heart. When they malfunction, the blood can back up and pool, causing the veins to swell. At times, they may cause pain, blood clots and sores, but often produce no symptoms except for their unattractive appearance.

Treatment:

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a highly concentrated beam of light to close the damaged vein. Holy Name Medical Center’s Interventional Radiologists insert a thin fiber that emits a laser light into the vein. The light hits the targeted tissue without damaging any surrounding areas and seals the vein shut. Blood is automatically rerouted to other healthy veins with no adverse effects. A local anesthetic is used and some patients may experience temporary soreness or slight swelling that typically subsides within five days. Patients can usually resume normal activities the day of the procedure.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that closes the damaged veins. Holy Name’s Interventional Radiologists inject a solution – typically it is a salt solution – directly into the blood vessels. The solution irritates the lining of the targeted veins and causes them to swell and shut down.

Over time – usually between six to eight weeks – the varicose and spider veins die off, becoming lighter in color and less noticeable until they completely disappear while the body reroutes blood to other healthy vessels. The injected veins initially disappear as the blood is pushed out and then return before fading over time. One injection may eradicate several dozen veins at once since many vessels are interconnected.

Over time – usually between six to eight weeks – the varicose and spider veins die off, becoming lighter in color and less noticeable until they completely disappear while the body reroutes blood to other healthy vessels. The injected veins initially disappear as the blood is pushed out and then return before fading over time. One injection may eradicate several dozen veins at once since many vessels are interconnected.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive technique that removes the damaged veins. Holy Name's Interventional Radiologists make tiny nicks or incisions in the skin and pull out the section of the vein that is swollen. A local anesthesia is used and patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately.