USA can help alleviate vein problems
Many people suffer with chronic venous disease (CVD) commonly known as varicose veins – the large, bulging veins in the legs that can cause swelling and pain. In fact, more than 30 million Americans are living with the disease but only 10 percent seek proper diagnosis and treatment. Even without the presence of enlarged or gnarled veins, this condition can still cause burning, itching and swelling of the legs and feet. It can also lead to skin changes, hardening under the skin, and cause wounds heal more slowly if not properly treated.
With CVD and varicose veins, the valves in the leg veins that direct blood from the legs back to the heart no longer work correctly. This causes blood to pool in the legs. It can happen at any age, but increased age is a risk factor. If you have a family history of CVD, you’ve been pregnant, or if your job requires you to stand for long periods, you’re also at increased risk. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more serious problems, and they can also signal a higher risk of other circulatory issues.The pain and discomfort isn’t something you have to manage – and it’s not just a natural part of aging. Thankfully, help is available.
Physicians at University Surgical Associates can perform a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to treat CVD and varicose veins. An ultrasound-guided needle is inserted through a catheter into a diseased vein to provide consistent heat to the vein causing it to close.“The tube we use to insert the needle has a tip that heats up and treats the length of the vein, causing it to scar so that the blood can’t continue to flow backwards in the legs,” says Charles Joels, M.D., board-certified vascular surgeon at USA. “After the vein is sealed shut, blood is then naturally redirected to healthy veins.” For people with bulging veins, tiny incisions can also be made to remove these unsightly veins in the same procedure. Using a combination of local anesthetic and saline, the fluid numbs the area and protects surrounding tissue from the vein that is receiving the treatment.
People who’ve had the treatment report minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling, and the treated veins eventually become absorbed by the surrounding tissue. Recovery time for the vein procedure is less than a week, and it’s recommend that you’re up and moving to help push the blood through the legs to help prevent any complications. Full release to exercise is generally within three to four weeks. “By themselves, varicose veins are not generally life-threatening, but they can be life-limiting if they’re causing pain, discomfort and interfering with daily activities, work or sleep,” Dr. Joels says. “The procedure we perform can alleviate those bothersome symptoms and help people get back to living their lives without pain.”
If you’d like to learn more, please call 423-267-0466 to schedule an appointment.