The contemporary treatment of vein disease is quite different than even as recently as 10 years ago. In part, this is because of the new medical specialty, Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine was established in 2007. While many physicians offer medical services relating to vein disease, only a few are board certified venous and lymphatic physicians. In addition, these new treatments require the mastery of specific medical technology so the best practitioners are certified in ultrasonography.
Many patients with vein disease who have been treated in the past, have undergone a dated procedure known as “vein stripping.” Unfortunately, vein stripping, is quite painful, requires a long recovery period and is only successful about 50% of the time. It is outmoded and not part of the modern vein disease treatment regimen. New technology has virtually eliminated the need for surgery in the treatment of surface veins. Non-surgical laser treatments allow for fast, pain-free treatment requiring minimal recovery time.
The procedure for varicose vein removal is referred to as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT). It takes less than an hour to perform and only requires a local anesthetic at the treatment site. By delivering just the right wavelength of laser energy to the affected vein, the treated veins will close. Your body automatically routes the blood to other healthy veins. While you might feel some unfamiliar sensation, the procedure produces only a mild degree of pain or discomfort for most people. There is no downtime and you are encouraged to carry on with normal activities.
This immediately reverses venous hypertension and begins the healing process from the moment the patient stands up after the procedure! As an added bonus, there is also a significant improvement in cosmetic appearance.
Most spider veins are treated via Sclerotherapy, a method of closing veins through the injection of a solution called a sclerosing agent. This causes inflammation and ultimately destruction of the lining of the blood vessel causing it to harden. For superficial veins, the injections are treated by a trained Registered Nurse (RN) using a VeinLite® guidance system for visualization. For injections into larger and deeper veins, Dr. Rivard will use an ultrasound to guide his injection. This procedure, in combination with compression bandages and hosiery, will aid in the distribution of the medication and vein closure. Over time, the sclerosed vein will be reabsorbed by the body tissue and fade away.
We also offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment to effectively treat certain spider vein cases.