Varicose vein treatment
More than 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from varicose veins. Genetics, pregnancy, obesity and professions that require hours of standing can all lead to varicose veins. Those veins can be not only unsightly but in some cases painful. Novant Health Cardiology offers a number of options to treat varicose veins at our Mt. Airy location:
Endovenous laser therapy
An alternative to traditional vein stripping which was the standard treatment in past decades, endogenous laser therapy (EVLT) involves less pain and fewer risks than previous treatments. Your doctor will insert an optical fiber into the affected vein which delivers a very precise laser into the interior of the vein. That causes the vein to contract as the optical fiber is withdrawn.
Endovenous laser therapy is performed in our office and takes only one hour. You will be able to walk immediately after the procedure. Side effects are mild and infrequent; some patients report itching, tenderness, tingling or tightness after the procedure, which normally disappears within a month.
Used to treat spider veins, sclerotherapy involves the administration of a solution into the damaged vein or veins. That solution causes the blood within those veins to displace and turn white. The solution causes the vein to become irritated, which prevents other blood from re-entering the damaged vein. With no more blood in them, the spider veins are invisible.
Used to treat smaller veins in the legs, phlebotomy involves using a hook to remove a damaged portion of vein. The hook is inserted through a very small incision in the leg, and then the vein portion is removed through that same small incision. Blood flows through other veins, so blood flow is not a concern after removal of the damaged vein portion.
Learn more about varicose vein treatment
To learn more about varicose vein treatment at Novant Health Cardiology, call our Mt. Airy location.