Varicose vein treatment has been a topic for physicians since the days of Hippocrates. The “father of modern medicine” recommended using tight bandages to compress the legs – a conservative therapy still used by today’s physicians. However, in these modern times, you also have other options for troublesome varicose veins.
Varicose Veins – the Basics
Your arteries and veins are the main highways for blood and oxygen to flow to the body’s cells and to return waste products such as carbon dioxide. Each heartbeat forces blood through the system, with the force of the heartbeat decreasing as it moves away from the heart. The arteries are smooth-walled to prevent any restrictions on blood flow. Veins, however, must counteract the effects of gravity and the lower pressure in the circulatory system. They need tiny flaps of tissue called valves to prevent backflow of blood. Over time, these valves can weaken or become damaged, which allows blood to pool in the extremities. The veins become tortuous and distended – varicose veins are the result. They occur in people of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds.
Varicose Vein Treatment
- Compression Therapy – In most cases, varicose vein treatment begins with an old standby: compression on the vein. Heavy duty, specially fitted elastic stockings can provide extra support to keep the veins from filling with blood. Keeping your legs elevated when sitting or lying down can help the veins drain better. Sitting with the legs down or standing for long periods should be avoided if possible. Regular exercise helps promote circulation.
- Venefit™ (ClosureFAST) – this in-office, minimally-invasive procedure involves safely collapsing a varicose vein and rerouting the blood to healthier veins throughout the body. One session can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour, and requires only local anesthesia or mild sedatives. The downtime involved with Venefit™ is minimal.
- VenaSeal – this procedure involved sealing a varicose vein with medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate) and redistributing the blood to other areas of the body. Only one small entry spot requires numbing, making patient discomfort decidedly minimal. Dr. Lee is the first to offer this procedure in Little Rock.
In addition to these options, Dr. Lee offers a series of programs that cater to a wide variety of unique goals and needs. We encourage you to learn more about the “Veins Can’t Weight” Program, the “Vein Families Program,” and the “Mommy Veins” Program.
While many people have minimal symptoms from varicose veins, the veins can cause aching or swelling in the legs. If you need varicose vein treatment or would simply like more information, make an appointment at the office of Mimi Lee, M.D., P.A in Little Rock! Our dedicated professionals can answer any questions you might have and schedule an appointment to assess your situation and make recommendations for treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!