Varicose Veins Arlington TX
Do you have unsightly veins on your legs? Are you experiencing unexplained leg pain? You could be one of the 25 million people in the United States suffering from a variety of varicose vein symptoms.
Venous insufficiency and venous reflux may be associated with common symptoms of varicose veins, which include tender, enlarged veins, swollen legs, skin discoloration, restless legs, muscle cramps, aching legs, and in extreme cases, skin ulcerations and blood clots.
Venous reflux allows venous blood to pool in the lower legs as the normal upward flow of blood is disturbed. This additional volume of venous blood can easily lead to leg swelling with dependency. The swelling is often improved by leg elevation and use of medical grade support hose, though these are temporary and do not cure the underlying problem of venous reflux.
Lower calf and ankle skin discoloration is also seen with advanced venous insufficiency. With the added pressure in the lower leg veins, small blood cells can leak out of the vessel wall and become deposited in the tissues. As these blood cells break down and are absorbed, the pigment remains in the tissues, usually leading to permanent skin discoloration.
Blood clots may form in the varicose veins due to the disordered and turbulent flow in these larger than normal, twisted veins. Stagnant flow can precipitate the formation of blood clots which often remain superficial, but can extend into the deep veins leading to more dangerous DVTs (deep vein thromboses).
While women are most commonly affected, men comprise about 20% of varicose vein patients. You may have a higher varicose vein risk if you suffer from one or more of the common symptoms.
Typical Varicose Vein Symptoms
- Aching legs, usually worse as the day progresses
- Throbbing along the enlarged veins where pressure increases
- Itching at the site of skin discoloration (dermatitis)
- Restless legs (which often respond very well to varicose vein treatments)
- General discomfort
- Swollen legs, especially in the lower legs when blood does not exit the leg normally
Phases of Evaluation
During this visit a medical history and physical is performed. This is a thorough medical visit and typically takes about 30-60 minutes. Depending on symptoms, patient history, and physical exam, further evaluation with ultrasound of the deeper veins in the legs may be needed to pinpoint the possible source of the issue (venous reflux). Many times this “Ultrasound mapping” can be done on the same day. For patients that have exclusive surface/reticular vein disease (without saphenous involvement), subsequent ultrasound mapping is usually not necessary and surface vein treatment may be initiated that day if desired.
For patients with suspected underlying saphenous vein reflux as the origin of their disease, venous ultrasound mapping is a critical step to determine the pattern of abnormal saphenous veins that are contributing to the appearance and symptoms you are experiencing. This can be performed on one or both legs depending on your symptoms. Due to the thorough nature of the exam, the ultrasound usually takes approximately 1 hour to complete. If this is done on the same day as your consult your total time in our office will be about 90 minutes.
After mapping, Dr. Eidson will explain the results of your ultrasound mapping. Then we will discuss your options for treatment, including risks and benefits.
Our billing experts will go over the process for submitting an insurance claim with you. Authorization from insurance companies for your treatment can take 3 days to 6 weeks depending on your insurance carrier. Certain insurance may also require a trial of compression stockings prior to initiating treatment.
After treatment of the underlying vein issues is complete, follow up is a critical part of your care plan. Follow up after treatment helps ensure the best possible outcomes for your care and to make sure healing is progressing as expected. Also, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive disease and sometimes new issues may arise in the legs and the sooner we catch this, the faster and easier it is to take care of.
To eliminate painful and unhealthy varicose veins, Atlas Vein Care offers the following treatments:
Minimally Invasive Treatments
Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options for CVI sufferers. While treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that can actually treat the diseased veins to eliminate varicose veins, improve your quality of life, and halt the progression of CVI.
Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy
The Venefit procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins
The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, non-sclerosant procedure that uses a proprietary medical adhesive delivered endovenously to close the vein. This unique approach eliminates the risk of nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein, which is a risk sometimes associated with certain thermal-based procedures.
Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein to seal it shut using heat. Blood that would normally return toward the heart through these veins will then travel through other veins instead. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like ligation and vein stripping, endovenous ablation results in less pain and quicker recovery time.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
With the help of ultrasound, sclerosant medication can also be delivered to remaining varicose branches that the laser could not address. The medication triggers an inflammatory response in the vein and causes it to close. This is especially helpful for complex, winding branches that are tributaries to a problematic saphenous vein.
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