We Offer Several Types of Vein Treatments at Our Aurora and St. Charles, IL Centers
Since varicose veins are usually caused by leaking one-way valves, vein treatment involves removal of the bad valve to minimize the risk of veins returning. Since it is not generally possible to repair or replace a bad vein valve, the vein containing the bad valve must be eliminated for varicose vein treatment. One of the more common locations for a bad valve is in the groin where the saphenous vein joins the main femoral vein. To effectively treat this bad valve, the saphenous vein from the groin to the knee must be removed or destroyed. There are several methods for accomplishing leg vein removal.
One method, Saphenous Vein Removal, involves the removal of the saphenous vein through two incisions made in the leg. When used in concert with the TriVex procedure, recovery time and bruising are considerably minimized. Other procedures for varicose vein removal, such as TCI, are less invasive while incurring less discomfort and bruising than traditional vein stripping. Please browse our site for other methods we utilize for treatment of varicose veins. A specialist can go over these procedures and determine which one will best treat your condition.
Endovenous Laser and Radiofrequency Treatment
The endovenous procedure is a form of treatment that combines the effectiveness of surgery with the minimally invasive, in-office ease of sclerotherapy. Endovenous procedures are a safe, in-office procedure that uses fewer injections, less local anesthesia, and has a quick recovery time.
During the endovenous procedure, your physician will map the varicose vein using ultrasound. A thin fiber will be inserted into the vein. Thermal energy will be emitted through the fiber, and the energy will close the vein.
As the faulty vein closes, blood flow will be rerouted to the surrounding healthy veins. As this occurs, the symptoms of the varicose veins will improve. Veins on the surface of the skin that are connected to the treated vein will usually shrink after treatment. The entire process takes about 45 minutes and can be performed at the AmeriVein office.
TIPP Using TriVex
Trans-Illuminated Powered Phlebectomy (TIPP) can use the TriVex System. The TriVex system is a revolutionary new method for varicose vein removal. The procedure was developed by the founders of AmeriVein as a method for the accurate and quick treatment of varicose veins through a minimal number of incisions. The TriVex system uses two main components. The first instrument illuminates the varicose vein through the skin using advanced fiber optic technology, and the vein resector is then guided next to the vein underneath the skin. Suction draws the vein into the tip of the vein resector where a rotating blade effectively removes the leg vein.
With this new varicose vein treatment, large clusters of varicose veins can be accurately removed through a minimal number of small incisions and is far more effective than other forms of varicose vein surgery. Patients recover quickly and enjoy excellent cosmetic results. Although there is no 100% perfect varicose vein cure, this procedure minimizes the chances of persistent veins, thus highly reducing the need for follow-up treatments.
Tumescent Enhanced Sclerotherapy (TES)
A standard sclerosing solution is placed in veins with very tiny needles. This sclerosing solution (not saline) causes the veins to scar up and disappear. This injection is very well tolerated by all patients because the needles used are the size of a human hair. Special magnifying lenses and polarized light are used so the doctor can see the veins in question.
In order to make the solution that is injected in the veins work better, another solution made up of saline, lidocaine, and adrenalin is used to compress the veins being treated. This has the effect of isolating the solution in the veins causing compression which can lead to better results. Usually, fewer injections and fewer treatments are needed. Less concentrated solutions are required as compared to conventional sclerotherapy.
Multiple sessions may be necessary and occasional future treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results.
Ambulatory phlebectomy (AP) represented a major improvement over older surgical techniques. With AP, a surgeon could remove veins through a 2–3 mm incision. Although usually performed under general anesthesia, AP can be performed in a limited fashion in the surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. AP can be a long and tedious operation for the surgeon. AP is a “blind” operation that frequently results in persistent (missed) veins and nerve damage. Ambulatory Phlebectomy has been largely replaced by TriVex and TES (Tumescent Enhanced Sclerotherapy).