Evaluation and Treatment
The good news is that you do not need to live with varicose veins. They serve no purpose. They don't get better on their own; they worsen your circulation, and you're better off without them. And, it gets better. You can get rid of varicose veins with minimal surgery, scars or downtime with a treatment plan that is tailored to you. That means you can get rid of varicose veins and not interrupt your busy life!
Duplex Color Flow Ultrasound is used to evaluate every varicose vein patient before any procedures occur. Ultrasound evaluation may also be used to evaluate spider vein patents on as needed basis. Ultrasound shows the flow of venous blood and can pinpoint where leaky valves let blood go the wrong direction. Dr. Harrison performs this important evaluation himself. Most insurance companies require this before covering a vein procedure. He is a Registered Vascular Technician and certified "in Physician Vascular Interpretaion"
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a minimally invasive laser procedure that has a short and relatively pain-free post-operative recovery period. It is performed under local anesthesia in the doctor's office. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein to be treated, usually the Great or Small Saphenous Vein (those veins for which your mom or grandmother may have had a "stripping"), and are the problem that must be treated first in most varicose veins. The treatment takes about one hour. Dr. Harrison has been performing this procedure since 2002.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a procedure in which the Saphenous Veins have already been treated or that rare person in whom the Great and Small Saphenous Veins are normal and not the cause of their varicose veins. The varicose veins are removed through small incisions which require no suture and have minimal scarring.
Sclerotherapy can be used to treat small varicose ((add "veins")). A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a detergent-like medication that destroys the lining of the vein. The solution used is Sotradecol. Chemically similar to soaps, it is FDA approved for sclerotherapy. In response to the medicine the veins collapse and are reabsorbed over time. You may need anywhere from several sclerotherapy sessions for any one vein region. Generally, normal activities can be resumed immediately after sclerotherapy. The procedure, performed in our office,usually causes only minimal discomfort.