Eliminate Varicose & Spider Veins with Treatment in St. Charles & Aurora, IL
How Varicose Veins Develop
As you learned in high school, arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry blood back to the heart. Just as water always flows downhill, blood always flows from high to low pressure. The pressure in the arteries is high; the pressure in the veins is low. This system works well when you are lying down, but when you are standing, the blood in the veins of your legs must flow against the force of gravity back to your heart.
This causes pressure to build up in the veins in the legs. Your body overcomes this problem with a combination of one-way valves and a pump. The valves are within your veins and the muscles in your leg act as a pump. When the muscles contract, the blood is forced back to the heart. The one-way valves prevent the blood from returning when the muscle relaxes.
Sometimes the valves malfunction, which is a leading cause of varicose veins. A variety of conditions, such as pregnancy, prolonged standing, obesity, or hormone influences may cause the vein wall to weaken. As the vein dilates, the valves cannot close and blood builds up, causing the vein to become enlarged.
The superficial veins just under the skin drain by way of one-way valves into the deep veins. When these valves break down, the contracting muscle can force blood under high pressure into the superficial veins. This can cause pain and, over time, can cause varicose and spider veins.
Varicose veins can affect up to 25% of women and 15% of men. Varicose veins are a symptom of the venous reflux disease. Other symptoms can include changes in skin color, ulcers, swelling, itching, burning, and more.
How to Treat Varicose Veins
Compression stockings can support the wall of varicose veins and help blood flow back to the heart. They may help with the pain and aching of varicose veins and may slow down the progression of the disease, but they are a varicose vein treatment and not a cure.
Varicose veins are permanently damaged and must be removed for a cure. Also, the most effective treatment of varicose veins involves the elimination of veins with faulty valves in order to prevent the condition from returning.
Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy
This treatment method is surgically based. This is a specific treatment that requires a special light devise that can illuminate the vein under the skin so that the surgeon can easily remove the varicose vein. First, the surgeon makes a few small incisions, inserts the light source in to see the veins, and then a resection device is inserted as well to remove the highlighted veins.
This specific technique is considered minimally invasive due to the small number of incisions. It also benefits from having a short operating time, with easy patient recovery and good cosmetic results. Used with our own TriVex procedure, this treatment is highly rated among our patients.
Venefit, or Endovenous Laser RadioFrequency
The Venefit procedure is a minimally invasive, painless procedure using the Covidien ClosureFast catheter to help collapse a vein. It is an outpatient procedure used with ultrasound and local anesthetics.
The catheter is put in the varicose vein through a small incision. It uses radiofrequency, or RF, energy that heats the vein wall. This causes collagen in the wall to sink and the vein to close. Afterwards, blood is rerouted to other healthy veins. A bandage is put on the incision site. Patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days.
There are a myriad of varicose removal techniques. Surgery techniques are mainly used for larger veins and include ambulatory phlebectomy and TriVex. Surgery techniques are mainly used for larger veins and include ambulatory hook phlebectomy and stab avulsion.
Sclerotherapy is another treatment method. This method injects small needles filled with medicine that will irritate the vein lining and cause the vein to collapse. Superficial veins no longer appear on the skin surface and patients have almost immediate symptom relief. This method is recommended for small varicose veins and spider veins. It may take several sessions for removal completion.
Finally, laser based treatments are available. They center light beams on the veins, which causes them to seal up and collapse. These methods are used for small varicose veins. Laser therapy is often combined with sclerotherapy and can include many treatments.
Your Vein Center
AmeriVein is proud to be a leading vein clinic that utilizes the most advanced technologies and current techniques to safely and efficiently provide varicose vein removal with pleasing cosmetic results. In addition to traditional varicose vein surgery, our experienced physicians also have several other techniques for the removal of varicose veins. Endovenous radio frequency, laser, Tumescent Enhanced Sclerotherapy, and TriVex, a method conceived here at AmeriVein, are a few of the treatment options we have available to you. All vein testing and treatment is performed in-house by our board certified surgeons.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in Aurora or St. Charles, IL if you have any questions about AmeriVein or our services, and a specialist will be happy to assist you.