Vein Treatment Options Arlington TX
Conservative Treatment in Arlington, TX
Wearing compression stockings or compression socks can reduce symptoms of Venous Reflux (vein problems), but it will not fix the underlining issue in your legs. Many insurance carriers require that you try medical grade compression socks (20-30mmHg) for 6-12 weeks before any treatment will be approved. This compression sock trial is a requirement from your insurance company and this is not something that we can control or adjust. If you are thinking to yourself, where do I even find these compression socks? We sell a limited selection of socks in our office or you can try looking on Amazon.com. They have a large selection of compression socks in fun colors that meet the 20-30mmHg compression requirement. Hey, if you are going to wear compression socks, you might as well have some fun right?!
The way I want you to think about these compression socks is a lot like wearing glasses if you have bad eyes. You wear the glasses and you see better while you have them on. But when you take them off, you still have the same cruddy eye sight. The same thing happens with the veins. You wear compression, and this can help support blood flow and improve blood flow in the legs, but it’s not treating the underlying problem. Once you have completed this compression trial that is required by your insurance company, most patients then choose to move forward with treatment. The goal of treatment is to make improvements permanent.
There are many benefits to wearing compression socks. Even if you don’t have any vein problems, you can still benefit from wearing compression socks because they are good at preventing problems. For example, we recommend wearing compression socks on any airline flight and long car rides over 2 hours. This helps prevent blood clots from forming and causing serious health conditions. The compression in the socks improves the blood flow back to the heart and can help reduce swelling. For this reason, even pregnant women can benefit from wearing compression socks.
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to completely prevent Venous Reflux (vein problems). But the best way of prevention would include maintaining a healthy weight, daily exercise including calf raises and pedal pumps (moving your foot like you are pushing a gas/break pedal), wearing compression socks to help support the vein valves, elevating the legs while sitting, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing. Walking, swimming, yoga, losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. can help possibly slow the progress of venous reflux and help reduce symptoms.
Through a small nick in the skin, an FDA approved catheter (ClosureFAST®) is inserted into the vein. Radiofrequency energy is then delivered to the vein and seals it shut. The result mimics that of Endovenous Laser Ablation because it closes down the problematic vein, and then the blood is rerouted to nearby healthy veins. Treatments are done in our office and usually take about 45-30 minutes to complete with success rates greater than 90% and very low recurrence rates. Patients can often times return to normal activity following the treatment, typically with little to no pain.
The VenaSeal™ system is the latest treatment option for diseased veins. The VenaSeal™ system improves blood flow by closing the diseased vein. The system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive inside the diseased vein. The adhesive seals the vein shut and blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.
Benefits of the VenaSeal™ closure system:
- Only one numbing injection
- No compression stockings after the procedure
- Ability to exercise following the treatment
“I had the Venaseal treatment and I highly recommend it. Everything they say is true. Walk out with just a couple of bandaids, drive yourself home, no compression hose needed, take care of both legs at once. My legs were a little sore and stiff, but not bad at all. My symptoms started fading too, specifically neuropathy in my feet and restless legs both improved right away.” -Leigh
*Individual results may vary
Currently the procedure is NOT covered by insurance.
Foam Sclerotherapy (Chemical Ablation) – Treats Branch Veins
Ablation refers to closing down a bad vein. Endovenous chemical ablation (sclerotherapy) refers to the injection of a special medicine (sclerosant) into abnormal veins in order to seal them shut. As with other ablation procedures, the treatment is performed under ultrasound guidance to ensure safety. The sclerosing medicine can be made stronger by mixing it with air that creates a foam to treat larger veins.
Microphlebectomy – For larger Varicose Veins
Also referred to as Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Microphlebectomy is a safe and effective in-office procedure that is used to remove varicose veins through tiny incisions using local anesthetic. These incisions are so small that no sutures or stiches are required!
Once removed, these varicose veins are likely to never return. The advantage of microphlebectomy is that it is often a “one-and-done” procedure. Microphlebectomy is recommended for the treatment of larger varicose veins and is often used in conjunction with endovenous thermal ablation or sclerotherapy, resulting in more efficient treatment.
View a list of symptoms that are related to Venous Reflux (vein problems) that can be effectively treated by Dr. Eidson.
If you have any questions about the services we offer for vein problems, vein disease or leg pain in Arlington, Texas, please contact our office.