Progression of Vein Disease

March 2, 2017

Progression of Vein DiseaseVein disease is a common condition that could affect as many as half of all adults by the time they turn 60. The key to effective treatment is to address the condition as early as possible. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have listed the major stages of vein disease to help you understand if your condition requires the evaluation of a vein specialist.

 

Spider Veins

In the earliest stage of vein disease, you might notice networks of red or blue lines on the leg that resemble a spider’s web. Known as spider veins or telangiectasia, these patterns can be an indication your lower leg veins are being over-taxed. This means small valves inside the vessels may be wearing out, allowing blood to pool inside the vein so that it enlarges and becomes visible on the skin’s surface. In most cases these are simply a cosmetic nuisance, however, in some cases, spider veins can signify an underlying more significant venous problem. If this is left unattended, this may progress to visible varicose veins.

 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger visible vessels that can be red, blue or flesh-colored and often protrude above the surface of the skin. These swollen vessels are nearly always found on the lower leg, often behind the knee. Varicose veins are a sign that your vein disease is progressing, particularly when they are accompanied by heaviness and pain.

 

Edema

Many times, progression of vein disease can be characterized by swelling of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Also known as edema, this symptom can cause tightness in the skin. The symptom may improve when the legs are elevated, but will typically return when the elevation stops. The swelling may be worse at the end of the day, when the legs are fatigued.

 

Skin Discoloration

If the vein disease is not addressed at this point, it may continue to progress with signs that may become permanent even if the veins are treated later on. One of those signs is discoloration of the skin around where the varicose veins have appeared. The skin may turn red or brown and may take on a leathery look and feel. Skin may also become thinner at this stage, which can make the leg more vulnerable to injury.

 

Skin Ulceration

At this final stage of vein disease, skin ulcerations begin to form. These large, gaping sores can be the result of a small nick or scratch that quickly progresses to a more serious wound due to the poor circulation and increased pressure caused by the damaged veins. These ulcerations can be difficult to treat, often taking many months to heal completely. They also have a very high recurrence rate, particularly if the underlying cause of the vein disease is not detected and properly treated.

 

Because of the potential of permanent damage to the leg, it is best to treat vein disease before it progresses too far. Physicians like Dr. Jimenez that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases can provide you with an early diagnosis and the best prognosis for eliminating the varicose veins and other symptoms permanently.

 

If you have noticed some of the early signs of vein disease, it is best to seek care sooner rather than later. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-310-8346 to find out how we can help you treat your vein disease and eliminate unsightly varicose veins.

Winter and Your Veins

February 14, 2017

Winter and Your VeinsYou may not be giving your veins much thought this season, as cooler temperatures allow you to hide unsightly, visible veins under tights and pants. However, out of sight and out of mind won’t give you the sexy, vein-free legs you want when warm weather rolls around again. In addition, if those swollen vessels are causing physical symptoms like pain and swelling, you are destined to suffer all winter long if you don’t seek treatment for your condition sooner rather than later. Fortunately, there are plenty of good reasons to use the winter months to treat those unattractive, uncomfortable varicose veins.

 

Time to Treat, Time to Heal

Vein treatments have come a long way since invasive surgical procedures. Today’s procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and often require no anesthesia. In most cases, patients are able to return to their daily activities as soon as treatment is completed. These procedures have proven just as effective as surgery, if not more so, with less trauma to the body and less disruption to the patient’s schedule.

When you decide to move forward with your vein treatment during the winter months, you may find the scheduling at Vein Center of Florida is much more flexible. With fewer people thinking about their veins this time of year, appointment times may be more available than in the spring when there is a rush to get those legs summer-ready. In addition, treating veins in the winter offers ample time for healing if you do experience any side effects like bruising or swelling after your procedure.

The Sun Factor
Most of our vein treatments at Vein Center of Florida require you to keep your treated legs out of the sun for a few days. UV rays can affect healing after your procedure, which could mean skin discoloration for some patients. By treating your veins during the winter, it is much easier to keep your legs out of direct sunlight until they are fully healed.

Goodbye Symptoms!

You may not see your varicose veins during the winter season, but if you suffer discomfort as a result of your swollen vessels, you will certainly know they are there. Pain, restless legs and swelling of the lower leg and foot are common symptoms associated with varicose veins and a sign your vein disorder may be progressing. By seeking treatment now, you will enjoy relief from those uncomfortable symptoms, sometimes as soon as your procedure is over. Whether you spend your season participating in winter sports or simply curling up by the fire, the relief you experience with significantly increase your quality of life.

Multiple Treatment Options

The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers a variety of vein treatments, which allows us to tailor your procedure to your specific needs. Dr. Jimenez will discuss your concerns with you and perform a complete evaluation of your veins before determining which procedure will work the best for you. All of our treatments feature excellent, long-lasting results for our patients, ensuring each person we treat enjoys full satisfaction from their procedure.

 

Don’t let varicose veins affect your winter season. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out which vein treatment is the right one for you.

Are You at Risk for Spider Veins?

February 7, 2017

Risk for Spider VeinsNo one welcomes the appearance of those visible networks of lines known as spider veins. Why do some people get them and others don’t? While there is no way to tell for sure if you will develop spider veins at some point, there are some factors that put you at higher risk they will make an appearance. Some of those risk factors are under your control, while others you won’t be able to do much about.

The Problem with Genetics

One of the biggest factors influencing whether you will develop spider veins (and one that you can’t control, unfortunately) is your family history. If one or both of your parents have spider veins, you are much more likely to get them as well. This may be due to the fact that spider veins can appear because of faulty veins, particularly the hard-working veins in the lower legs. Weak veins may be a family trait, which increases your odds for those visible vein networks.

The Hormone Factor

There is a reason why spider veins tend to appear around pregnancy or menopause. The small, superficial veins of the body can be vulnerable to the hormonal fluctuations that accompany these events. During pregnancy, the problem can become even more pronounced as the expanding belly puts additional stress on vessels. Some women also find spider veins make an appearance when they begin taking hormone replacement therapy.

The Link to Your Weight

There is a definite association between visible spider veins, weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle. When you don’t work your legs regularly, the calf muscles don’t provide the support the lower leg veins need to move blood back up the legs to the heart. This can allow the vessels to wear out or become damaged over time. When you pack on a few extra pounds, the additional weight further stresses the veins and increases the odds they will swell and become visible on the skin’s surface.

How Your Job Plays a Role

Even your occupation can have an impact on whether you will eventually see those unsightly spider veins appear. Professionals that log long hours on their feet, such as hair stylists, flight attendants and healthcare workers, put a lot of wear and tear on the lower leg veins, increasing the odds they might become damaged over time. By the same token, people that work behind a desk all day may also be at higher risk, since their calf muscles are never working to give the lower leg veins the support they need.

Sun Dangers

Stress on the veins is not the only reasons spider veins appear. Veins can also become visible due to too much sun exposure. The UV rays can damage the skin around the vessel, making the vein more apparent. This problem is particularly prevalent in fair-skinned individuals that are already more vulnerable to sun damage overall. In addition to spider veins appearing on the legs, this problem can result in the formation of the visible vessels on the arms and face.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, you don’t have to live with unattractive spider veins forever. If they do appear, there are a number of effective and minimally-invasive procedures that will eradicate those vein networks. At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer proven therapies like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation to eliminate those vessels from the inside out. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are usually able to return to their regular activities immediately following treatment.

If you have spider veins you would like to eliminate, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out which vein treatment is right for you.

Favorite Winter Activities on the Emerald Coast

January 26, 2017

Winter Activites Emerald CoastWhile much of the country goes into hibernation in the winter, the Emerald Coast comes alive. With smaller crowds and an abundance of activities indoors and out, this is the perfect vacation spot for visitors and residents alike. Rates for hotels and condos tend to get slashed, while retailers and restaurateurs beef up the deals, making the Emerald Coast a value in winter that is not seen during the hustle and bustle of the summer season. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a wealth of ideas to help you make the most of your winter.

Feast Fresh

Fresh seafood may come to an abrupt halt in the Northern states in the winter, but down here, we enjoy our fresh fish year-round. Some of our restaurants even offer customers the ability to see where and when the fish on their plates were caught. The other bonus? No lines to get into your favorite eateries this time of year, making dinner fast, convenient and more relaxing.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Shopping along the Emerald Coast is a true feast for the eyes and the wallet, with outlet stores and specialty shops abounding. The Destin Commons Outlet Mall has been newly expanded with even more designer names to tickle your fancy. Take a break from shopping to catch a flick at the AMC Theatre in the complex. If specialty shops are more your thing, the Festive Waterfront Marketplace at Harborwalk Village is the place to spend a few hours or an entire day.

Meet a Sea Turtle

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is open year-round, featuring more animal encounters and shows than you can see in a day. This facility offers opportunities to feed and play with the dolphins or come face-to-face with a sea turtle. Snorkel with the stingrays, feed the penguins or watch the energetic sea lions in action. The facility also provides food and drink throughout the park so you can spend the entire day getting to know the marine life that calls this park home.

Golf in Comfort

If you find the summer season a bit toasty for golf, the winter temperatures provide the perfect environment for eighteen holes. With eight championship courses to choose from, you will never be at a loss for where to tee off. In addition, the crowds dissipate during the winter season, making it easier than ever to get the tee time of your choice. Prices are typically cut as well, giving you a bargain on the greens.

Search for Dolphins

Discounted dolphin cruises are also abundant on the Emerald Coast this time of year, allowing you a glimpse of the friendly creatures on the open waters for less. In addition to dolphin sightings, these cruises might offer history tours of the area or sunset cruise options complete with refreshments. You can even board one of the few remaining schooners in the area to tour the coastline in high style.

If painful varicose veins are getting in the way of your enjoyment of some of these activities, winter is also the perfect season for vein treatment The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers a variety of vein treatments that we can tailor to your specific needs. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

5 Reasons to Treat Your Varicose Veins

January 15, 2017

5 Reasons to Treat Varicose VeinsYour varicose veins may be unsightly enough to keep you out of shorts and bathing suits, but is it really worth the time, effort and money to treat them? This is a debate many varicose vein sufferers have as they contemplate eliminating the swollen vessels completely or simply learning to live with them. While a comprehensive assessment can ultimately tell you whether vein treatment would be beneficial, the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a number of good reasons to consider vein treatment even before your examination takes place.

It’s More than Cosmetic

Varicose veins are often more than a simple cosmetic concern. These bulging vessels are often an outward sign of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when small valves inside the vessels stop working properly, which allows blood to back up into the vein instead of flowing in a single direction to the heart. When CVI is left unchecked, it can worsen over time. This is why vein treatment sooner, rather than later, may be recommended to stop CVI before significant symptoms develop.

You Have Pain

Varicose veins can be more than unattractive, they can also be painful. You might feel heaviness or aching in your legs, particularly at the end of the day. The pain may also keep you from participating in some of the active pastimes you have always enjoyed. You may discover that elevating your legs for a period of time in the evening relieves the pain and pressure – often a sign that CVI is present. Some sufferers also experience swelling of the lower extremity, which further exacerbates the discomfort.

Your Skin is Changing

Increased pressure inside of varicose veins can do more than damage the vessel itself. The damage can also spread to surrounding tissue, which may become evident on the skin’s surface. You may begin to notice the skin around the vein becomes irritated and itchy. Over time the skin’s color and texture may begin to change as tissue damage leads to a brown, leathery appearance. If the cause of the skin change is not treated, large, open sores known as venous ulcers can form from even the smallest nick or cut to the skin.

Your Veins are Interfering with Your Sleep

Some varicose vein sufferers find out those bothersome vessels start to act up as soon as they are ready to retire for the night. Once in bed, you might experience cramping of the legs that can be intense at time. You may also notice a restless feeling in the legs that gives you the irresistible urge to move them. Known as restless leg syndrome, this condition can be severe enough in some individuals to actually prohibit them from getting a good night’s rest.

Procedures are Quick and Comfortable

Despite the embarrassment and even physical discomfort, some varicose vein sufferers simply won’t pursue treatment because they believe any procedure to treat their veins will take them out of commission for a period of time. While that has been true in the past when surgical treatments were the only solution, today’s non-surgical procedures can be performed quickly and almost painlessly. Treatments can be done using local anesthetic and patients are usually back to activities the same day or the day after their procedure.

Don’t suffer with unattractive varicose veins that are interfering with your comfort and your quality of life. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346 and find out how we can help you say goodbye to those bulging veins for good.

Which Sclerotherapy is Right for You?

January 7, 2017

Which Sclerotherapy is Right For YouSclerotherapyis one of the oldest treatments used for spider and varicose veins, but its safety and efficacy continue to make it one of the most popular for doctors and patients alike. This injectable therapy has been modified over the years to allow for greater versatility in treating a broader range of visible vessels. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers both cosmetic sclerotherapy and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to provide all of our patients with the treatments necessary to meet their specific needs.

Say Goodbye to Spider Veins

Spider veins are the visible networks of red and blue lines that commonly occur on the legs. These networks get their name because they can resemble the legs on a spider or a spider’s web in terms of their pattern. Like varicose veins, spider veins can be caused by an underlying vein disorder known as venous insufficiency. However, they can also be due to sun exposure, trauma to the skin, hormonal fluctuations or heredity.

Spider veins are rarely a serious medical issue, but they can be a significant cosmetic concern. These small networks can often be effectively addressed using cosmetic sclerotherapy.

How does cosmetic sclerotherapy work?

Cosmetic sclerotherapy involves injections of a liquid sclerosing agent directly into the visible vessels. The solution seals the vein closed so it collapses and is eventually reabsorbed by the body. The vein disappears from view, while blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins nearby.

Cosmetic sclerotherapy is a quick outpatient procedure that does not require any anesthesia. Patients report slight burning when the solution goes into the vein, but find the procedure to be very tolerable. Most return to regular activities immediately following their sclerotherapy procedure.

Eliminate Unsightly, Uncomfortable Varicose Veins

Varicose veins tend to be larger than spider veins and typically appear behind the knees and up the lower leg. These veins may also be blue or purple in hue, although many are also flesh-colored. The veins may protrude from the skin’s surface and look like winding ropes snaking up the leg. These swollen vessels are often caused by venous insufficiency, which can worsen if it is left unchecked.

In addition to their unattractive appearance, these veins can cause pain, cramping and swelling in the lower extremity. Advanced cases may also lead to skin changes and the formation of skin ulcerations around the ankle. For this reason, it is usually recommended to treat varicose veins before these complications appear.

How does foam sclerotherapy work?

Smaller varicose veins can often be treated using a special technique known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. This procedure is similar to cosmetic sclerotherapy in that a solution is injected directly into the affected vein. However, the solution used is a much thicker foam formulation that more effectively coats larger vessels to seal them closed so they can be eliminated by the body.

Ultrasound imaging is used during the procedure to locate the vessel and ensure the foam fully displaces the blood and coats the vein lining. The procedure can be used alone or in conjunction with endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), which treats larger varicose veins while foam sclerotherapy addresses smaller tributary veins that can be contributing to the problem.

Dr. Jimenez at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin is experienced in both of these sclerotherapy techniques and can help you determine which procedure will work best for your specific needs. The procedures are quick and relatively painless, while the results are long-lasting. To learn more about your options in sclerotherapy, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.

The Benefits of Winter Vein Treatments

December 1, 2016

the-benefits-of-winter-vein-treatmentsYou might be thinking that now that cooler weather has finally arrived, you can safely tuck those unattractive varicose veins safely underneath your jeans and long pants. However, there is a better way to address those veins this winter than to merely hide them away. Now is the perfect time to indulge in a vein treatment that will eradicate the appearance of the veins as well as any painful symptoms you might be experiencing. Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a number of reasons why winter is the right time to treat those varicose veins.

 

Winter and Varicose Veins

Winter is not the best time of year for those bulging vessels. The colder temperatures and less active lifestyle can lead to worsening of symptoms like pain, leg fatigue and a sensation of restless legs at the end of the day. Why not avoid the entire uncomfortable experience by treating your varicose veins before the trouble begins? The good news is that the same treatments that eliminate the appearance of the veins will also get rid of those symptoms – sometimes almost immediately.

Easy Scheduling

Many people find it easier to schedule medical appointments during the winter months when business often slows down. While this procedure does not involve much downtime afterward, it is often easier to return home to rest after a treatment when the weather is not conducive to outdoor activities. In addition, many doctors find their schedules are more open this time of year, making it easier for you to find a convenient time for your procedure.

Hiding the Evidence

Varicose vein treatments are minimally-invasive procedures that involve minimal incisions and downtime. However, there can be some mild bruising and swelling around the treatment sites, which may persist for a few days after the procedure. When you schedule your vein treatment this time of year, your winter clothing will safely hide the evidence of your procedure until your legs fully heal. If you are advised to wear compression stockings for a period of time after your treatment, your long pants and jeans will safely hide those as well.

Sun Protection

It is important to protect skin from the sun after nearly any type of vein treatment. UV rays can cause complications after vein procedures, such as discoloration of the skin that can become permanent in some cases. During the winter season, it is much easier to protect the legs from sun exposure for a period of time after treatment, either with cool weather clothing or by simply remaining indoors after the treatment is completed.

Time for Results

Most vein treatments work by causing the affected veins to seal closed and collapse so that they can be reabsorbed by the body over time. This means your results might not be apparent right away. In addition, some patients might need more than one treatment session to achieve full results, especially in the case of sclerotherapy. To ensure you are fully vein-free and completely healed by summer (or even spring break) schedule your vein treatment as soon as possible.

Yes, you can hide your swollen veins under your winter clothing now, but that won’t change your condition once beach weather rolls around again. Instead of hiding, treat your veins this winter so that you will be ready to flaunt those smooth, sexy legs when warm weather returns. To learn more about your options in vein treatment, contact Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.

What’s the Relationship between Spider and Varicose Veins?

November 18, 2016

between-spider-and-varicose-veinsSpider and varicose veins have one distinctly common characteristic – they can be unsightly enough to cause significant embarrassment. In addition to their cosmetic concern, do these visible veins share any common factors? The answer to that question depends on where the veins are located and what underlying cause might be contributing to their appearance.

 

 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are visible vessels that frequently appear on the legs. However, these veins can also appear on the arms, face and abdomen. The networks of red, blue or purple of lines can often resemble a spider’s vein, which is where they get their name. There are a variety of factors that might contribute to the formation of spider veins:

  • Excessive exposure to UV rays
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Some medications or medical conditions
  • Weight gain or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of spider veins

These veins are not typically accompanied by physical symptoms. However, some patients with spider veins do experience the following side effects:

  • Pain or heaviness in the legs, especially at the end of the day
  • Swelling of the lower leg, ankle and foot
  • Cramping or restless legs when you try to rest at night
  • Fatigue in the legs after long periods of standing or sitting

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are usually larger than spider veins and typically appear on the lower legs. These veins may also be discolored and may actually protrude above the surface of the skin. In some cases, they resemble flesh-colored, ropey vines that twist up the lower legs.

In addition to their unsightly appearance, varicose veins can cause similar symptoms to those listed above. Left untreated, they can also lead to discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankles. Known as venous ulcers, these sores can become quite large and difficult to treat.

The Primary Cause of Varicose Veins

While spider veins can have a number of causes, varicose veins are most frequently the visible result of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when tiny valves inside the veins that are responsible for keeping blood flowing in a single direction stop working properly. This allows blood to reflux back into the veins, leading to swelling and varicosity.

The Role of Spider Veins

When spider veins appear near varicose veins, or are accompanied by the same symptoms, they can be a product of venous insufficiency as well. When this is the case, both spider and varicose veins are likely to get worse, rather than better, if they are left untreated. The good news is there are effective treatments for both spider and varicose veins that will address the underlying condition to eliminate both the appearance of the veins and their uncomfortable symptoms.

Seeking Treatment for Visible Veins

At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer treatment options for both spider and varicose veins. We can tailor our treatment options to your specific condition and concerns to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. All of our treatments are minimally-invasive, which means you can return home the same day as your procedure and usually resume your regular schedule the same day or the next day.

Don’t suffer the embarrassment or physical discomfort of spider or varicose veins any longer. We can help you eliminate the appearance of your veins and their painful symptoms. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

EVLT: Gold Standard in Vein Treatment

November 11, 2016

evlt-gold-standard-in-vein-treatmentVaricose veins are a common affliction for both men and women, leading to physical pain as well as cosmetic embarrassment for many. Surgical vein treatments were the recommended treatments protocol until fairly recently. These procedures required general anesthesia, a hospital stay and a long and painful recovery process. Fortunately, surgical procedures have now been replaced with less invasive treatments that offer even better results without the discomfort and long recovery. One of the best vein treatments, often referred to as the gold standard in varicose veins elimination, is EVLT.

The Laser Factor

EVLT stands for endovenous laser treatment, a procedure that uses laser energy to ablate diseased veins. The laser energy is delivered directly into the vessel using a narrow tube called a catheter. The laser heats the interior of the vein, which causes the vessel to seal closed. Once the vein is sealed, it collapses and is reabsorbed by the body over time. Blood is rerouted to healthy veins nearby, lowering pressure inside the veins and maximizing blood flow in the lower leg once again.

What is Minimally Invasive?

EVLT is considered a minimally-invasive treatment. What does that mean? First, it means the procedure can be performed using local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia. This reduces the risks associated with the procedure, as well as your recovery time afterward. In addition, the puncture marks used to insert the catheter are extremely small, which means no need for sutures and no visible scarring left behind. Finally, this treatment is done on an outpatient basis, which means no extended recovery or overnight stay.

Treating the Source

EVLT is an effective procedure for varicose veins because it actually treats the affected vein from the inside out. The vein is completely eliminated by natural body processes and blood is rerouted to healthier vessels. With the affected vein gone, symptoms associated with the varicose vein like leg heaviness and pain are also eradicated. This makes EVLT more than a cosmetic procedure; the treatment actually addresses varicose veins at the source leading to greater vascular health overall.

Fast Treatment, No Downtime

EVLT is a much faster treatment than traditional vein surgery. You will likely be in and out of office within about one hour. Because the procedure only uses local anesthesia and involves little or no discomfort, you will likely be able to return to your daily schedule right away. You may be given compression stockings to wear for the first few days to encourage healing of the treatment area, but these should not interfere with most of your regular activities. The quick nature of the procedure allows you to say goodbye to those troublesome veins without missing a beat in your normal routine.

Proven Results

EVLT boasts a very high success rate compared to past surgical procedures. Success rates are as high as 98 percent for most patients. This means that once your vein is treated, you can rest assured it is not likely to recur. If you are at particularly high risk for varicose veins, due to family or personal history or long periods of standing at your job, Dr. Jimenez can discuss preventative measures you can take to avoid other varicose veins from forming.

With little discomfort, no downtime and high success rates, it is no wonder EVLT is considered the gold standard in vein treatment today. To learn more about this procedure or find out if EVLT is right for you, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.

How does Ambulatory Phlebectomy Work?

November 5, 2016

Ambulatory Phlebectomy Treatment FloridaThere are many effective options for treating varicose veins today. While technology like laser and radiofrequency energy can be a good choice for some patients, others may need those bulging vessels actually removed by a physician. The good news is that surgical vein stripping, which involved considerable discomfort and an extended recovery period, is no longer used for this purpose. Instead, vein specialists have turned to a less invasive procedure known as ambulatory phlebectomy, which provides excellent results without pain, downtime or an overnight stay in a hospital.

 

Understanding Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to remove large varicose veins from the leg in small sections. The procedure is performed using micro-incisions that do not require any sutures and leave almost no visible scarring afterward. Through these incisions, a special tool is used to grasp the vein and remove sections.

 

Candidates for Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is generally recommended for patients with bulging, protruding varicose veins that are causing physical symptoms as well as their unsightly appearance. Symptoms might include:

  • Heaviness or aching in the lower leg
  • Swelling of the lower leg and foot
  • Restless legs or leg cramps at night
  • Skin irritation around the swollen vessel

If this condition is left untreated, it can continue to worsen and keep you from enjoying certain activities due to discomfort and embarrassment. Skin changes may begin to include discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankle, known as venous ulcers. The good news is that by removing the affected veins from the leg entirely, we can also effectively eradicate the symptoms, prevent further complications and improve your quality of life overall.

 

Fast Treatment, No Downtime

Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure. Patients are usually given local anesthetic to keep them comfortable during the treatment. Tiny incisions are made along the length of the vein to be removed, and then sections are cut out using a special hook that grasps the vein and pulls it out of the leg. Most ambulatory phlebectomy procedures take one hour or less to perform, depending on the number of veins to be treated.

After the procedure, you may be able to return to your activities right away. However, most patients wait until the next day to resume their schedules. You will likely be advised to wear compression stockings for a number of days after treatment, which increase blood flow and promote healing to the treatment area. There should be little discomfort, bruising or swelling after the procedure.

 

Superior, Long-Lasting Results

The results of ambulatory phlebectomy can be seen right away and will continue to improve in the days following treatment as the leg fully heals. It is also likely you will experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms almost immediately following your procedure. Because the affected vein is removed, the results of ambulatory phlebectomy are considered permanent.

If you are suffering with large, painful varicose veins, there is no reason to suffer any longer. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is the right treatment for you.