Receive the Precise Medical Treatment Needed for Your Particular Venous Disorder
Medical treatment is that treatment that is needed to relieve symptoms and conditions and to prevent progression of disease. At FIVE STAR VEIN INSTITUTE, we keep abreast of the latest treatments available to treat problem venous conditions and use modern technology to get excellent results for our patients. Medical treatments are covered by most insurance companies. All these treatments can be done in an office setting utilizing local anesthesia.
Some of the most common medical treatments used are:
- Compression Therapy – compression therapy in the form of medical grade wraps or medical grade stockings has been shown to benefit ALL forms of venous disease. However, it cannot eliminate the underlying problem.
- Endovenous Laser – this refers to the placement of a laser fiber inside a refluxing vein which is causing symptoms or signs of venous disease. Proper use of this modality can eliminate the reflux by closing down the vein. It is used on varicose veins and perforating veins. FIVE STAR VEIN INSTITUTE uses a Cool Touch 1320 laser to close unwanted veins. Different than the older generation of lasers, this modern laser has been found equal to radiofrequency in minimizing the amount of post operative discomfort.
- Radiofrequency Ablation – similar to laser treatment. Radiofrequency instead of laser is used to close down the vein.
- Sclerotherapy – this refers to the injection of a chemical agent directly into a vein that is diseased. This causes the vein to scar down to a thin, fibrous cord. This form of treatment is used on varicose veins, reticular veins, perforating veins, and spider veins. This is the best treatment for spider veins on the lower extremities.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – this is a surgical procedure by which varicose veins close to the surface of the skin are removed directly. This is done as an adjunct to the above therapies and does not replace direct correction of the underlying reflux source.
- Vein Stripping – this refers to the practice of surgically removing the great or small safenous veins. This is the “classic” vein operation that was done for years for varicose veins and has been replaced with the more specific and more accurate procedures described above. The 5 year recurrence rate after vein stripping is 50-65%. It causes significant post operative pain and swelling and is associated with a recovery time of 3-4 weeks. Venous stripping for the most part is not needed or recommended in today’s practice of phlebology.