If you suffer from problems related to varicose or spider veins, you are not alone.  More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder.  While some seek treatment for cosmetic improvements, others are looking for symptomatic relief.  Whichever category you may be in, there is help available.

Endovenous Ablation

Endovenous Ablation (VNUS ClosureFAST) is a minimally invasive ambulatory treatment performed at the Lubbock Varicose Vein Center. It is an alternative to surgical stripping of the saphenous vein.  A small catheter is inserted, usually through a needle puncture in the skin, into the damaged vein. The radio frequency catheter is then inserted and goes up into the groin area.  The doctor then numbs the vein with a local anesthesia and turns on the energy source.  Its targeted energy heats and seals the vein shut.  Blood no longer gathers and the varicose vein shrinks back to normal size.This procedure is performed in our office in about an hour.  The patient is immediately ambulatory and ready to resume normal activities.  Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for one week to assist in resolution of the vein.  Bruising and/or soreness may occur after the procedure and should resolve in 1-2 weeks. Over-the-counter non-aspirin oral pain relieving medication may be taken as needed. There is very little pain during or after the treatment and you can see a big difference in just two weeks. Endovenous Ablation will normally treat the cause of most varicose veins but additional complimentary therapy may be necessary in some cases.

After Care Instructions
1) The day of surgery- Resume activities of daily living.
2) You will experience bruising and a burning or pulling sensation. You should take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for pain.
3) Leave the steri-strips and wrap on the puncture site for 1-2 days.
4) You must wear the compression hose daily for 7 days. Sleep in them the first evening.
5) You may shower after 24 hours. Do not submerge your legs for one week (ie bathtub, hot tub, pool, or lake).
6) You should walk at least 10 minutes and preferably 30 minutes every day. Refrain from heavy aerobic exercise for one week.
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Schedule an appointment for a follow-up visit in two weeks. The office number is (806) 687-VEIN(8346)

 

Sclerotherapy 

Sclerotherapy (injections) can be used to treat varicose and spider veins.  The procedure is simple.  A tiny needle injects the veins with medications that irritate the lining of the vein.  Over a short time, in response to the irritation, the vein closes and is reabsorbed.  The blood from the closed vein is routed to properly working veins, restoring correct circulation.  Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms due to varicose and spider veins in most patients.  With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping prevent further complications and unsightliness.

You may need one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region and the number of injections vary per session. Generally, normal activities can be resumed after sclerotherapy.  Medically prescribed support hose and /or bandages may need to be worn for three days to assist in resolution of the veins.  The procedure, performed at Lubbock Varicose Vein Center, usually causes only minimal discomfort.  Bruising and pigmentation may occur after sclerotherapy.  If bruising occurs it usually disappears within 1-2 weeks.  Although pigmentation almost always fades, it can last for several months.  Scarring and other complication are rare.

After Care Instructions
1) The day of sclerotherapy- Resume activities of daily living.
2) You may experience bruising and/or pigmentation. You should take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for pain.
3) Leave the steri-strips on the injection sites for 1-2 days.
4) You must wear the compression hose daily for 3 days. Sleep in them the first evening.
5) You may shower after 24 hours. Do not submerge your legs for one week (ie bathtub, hot tub, pool, or lake).
6) You should walk at least 10 minutes and preferably 30 minutes every day. Refrain from heavy aerobic exercise for 3 days.
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Schedule an appointment for a follow-up visit in one month if further treatment is necesssary. The office number is (806) 687-VEIN(8346)