Varicose veins are the bulged and ropey-looking raised veins that appear on the legs. They are caused by high blood pressure in the superficial veins in the leg causing the veins to weaken and bulge, due to the blood pooling. This condition is referred to as venous insufficiency or reflux. Symptoms associated with varicose veins include fatigue or heaviness in the legs, some may experience restlessness or night cramps. The skin can change color, become irritated, or sores could develop. If left untreated varicose veins can get worse over time and could lead to deep vein thrombosis.
At Bay Surgical Specialists, Dr. Almond will perform a procedure called RF-Closure or radiofrequency closure. This a simple and relatively painless procedure where the doctor effectively closes off the vein causing the problem. The procedure will begin with the patient being given a minor sedative to help him or her relax. The surgeon will use an ultrasound to locate the start of the vein. Then he will insert a small wire into the vein and feeds it through the leg. The wire is then heated and the vein closes behind it as it is withdrawn. The patient may feel some pressure or a warming sensation. Once the wire is withdrawn, the doctor will put in a stitch and puts compression stockings onto the patient. The compression stockings will need to be worn for two days following the procedure. Before being allowed to leave, the patient will spend 5-10 minutes walking around the office to make sure he or she feels okay and that the stockings are on correctly. The patient will return to the office after those two days pass for the stitch to be removed and for an ultrasound to be performed to see if the treatment was successful.
There are non surgical treatments for varicose veins. Compression stockings are sometimes suggested. These tight elastic stockings squeeze the veins and stop excess blood from flowing backward. Another treatment is sclerotherapy. During this treatment, the doctor will inject a chemical into the vein which irritates and scars the veins from the inside out so the abnormal veins will no longer fill with blood. The blood finds a new path back to the heart, and the disused veins are eventually absorbed into the body. Another procedure called a vein phlebectomy involves the removal of varicose vein clusters. Sometimes laser treatment and ablation can be effective in treating varicose veins. During ablation, a thin catheter is inserted into the vein in the leg and tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat up and destroy the vein. Laser ablation works in the same way, but instead of electrode a fiber at the end of the catheter sends out light energy that eliminates the damaged vein. Both procedures close off the diseased veins, which are then absorbed into the body.
This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.