Varicose veins are large, bulging rope-like veins of the legs. They can be simply a visual issue, while others suffer from symptoms such as leg swelling, aching, tiredness, itching and pain. In severe cases, medical issues such as phlebitis, dermatitis and non-healing wounds occur. Varicose veins are a sign of a progressive underlying medical condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.
At Northwest Vein Center we specialize in varicose vein treatment and chronic venous insufficiency, offering state-of-the art treatment to patients in Tacoma, Olympia, and the Seattle area. Our patients undergo a thorough circulatory evaluation, and after gaining a complete understanding of the venous system issue, a customized treatment plan is formulated.
Many, excellent, vein treatments are available and range from various conservative measures that control symptoms to minimally invasive procedures which improve circulation and leave the leg feeling and looking better! Procedures are performed in the office with rapid return to regular activity, and are covered by most insurance plans. Surgery such as ligation & stripping can usually be avoided.
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Vein Treatment Options
Recovery is excellent and patients walk immediately after the procedure, returning to normal activity soon thereafter. At Northwest Vein Center, two different laser systems are available allowing us to select the best system to your individual need.
Recovery is excellent and patients walk immediately after the procedure, returning to normal activity soon thereafter. Published studies have reported less discomfort and bruising with RF closure than with some lasers.
Currently there are three different nonthermal technologies available: ClariVein, Varithena and Venaseal. Each has a unique chemical mechanism of chemical action, and a vein specialist can help determine which procedure is best suited for you. At Northwest Vein Center, we are proud to be among the first centers in the nation to offer this technology.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive technique to remove large, bulging and tortuous varicose veins. The procedure involves making tiny punctures on the skin through which the varicose veins are removed leaving the skin surface smooth. Even though the veins appear large when standing, they are very collapsible making it possible to remove them. The skin incisions are so small no stitches are required.
The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia and often combined with catheter ablation to achieve optimal results. Patients walk immediately after the procedure, returning to normal activity soon thereafter.
In a small minority of patients with complex and/or recurrent venous disease, surgery may still be an important component of the treatment plan. You want a vein specialist with surgical expertise who will help determine the best treatment plan for your situation.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are caused by a malfunction of the valve inside the vein. When the valve malfunctions, blood pools and pressure increases in the vein causing it to expand and bulge.
Individual veins can be successfully treated; however, vein disease cannot be permanently cured. Treated veins will no longer be varicose, but vein disease is a chronic condition, and over time, other veins can become varicose.
By using the latest, minimally-invasive treatments, the procedures are virtually painless. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.
Most varicose vein treatments are covered by insurance, including Medicare, as a medical necessity when the veins cause pain or other symptoms. Cosmetic spider veins are generally not covered by insurance. We will help to determine what is covered by your insurance plan.
Every person requires a unique treatment plan which will determine the length and number of treatments recommended. If you have a special trip planned or want to wear a new outfit to show off your “new legs,” plan ahead! Generally most procedures are completed within an hour.
All procedures are performed in the office without the need to be sedated. All procedures allow you to leave with ability to exercise and work with very little short term limitations. As in all medical procedures; side effects are possible but serious side effects are extremely rare with these techniques.
With the removal of varicose veins, circulation actually improves. Venous blood flow will reroute through healthy veins to leave the leg. Varicose veins are also not suitable for heart bypass so you have no reason to keep your varicose veins.
People seek help for spider and varicose veins for a number of reasons. While some simply dislike the way their legs look, vein issues can be a progressive medical condition that leads to leg pain, swelling, cramping, dermatitis and even ulceration. Vein treatment can help make your leg look and feel better.
Some varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will return to normal after delivery. Therefore, we recommend that all women wait at least six weeks after delivery before having varicose veins treated. Depending on the circumstances, veins can be treated while breastfeeding. Speak to our doctors to learn more.
With the latest procedures for removing spider and varicose veins, there is very little if any scarring.
Treated veins will not return, but as with any progressive condition, healthy veins may become varicose and form over time.