Types of Vein Surgery

For many people lifestyle changes and non-invasive treatment methods such as compression stockings and leg elevation do not alleviate the aching, itching and overall pain associated with spider veins and varicose veins. If this describes you, relief may be achieved by visiting your local vein center in Cartersville, North Georgia to see if vein surgery or other medical procedures are an option for you. Depending on the severity and extent of your condition, various types of vein surgery and procedures such as schlerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser therapy, or VNUS Closure may be recommended by your vascular surgeon.

  • Sclerotherapy – Used alone or in conjunction with vein surgery, your vascular surgeon injects medicine directly into the blood vessel. This causes a blood vessel malformation, which makes them shrink. The injection medication stops blood flowing through the vein, and turns veins from blue, purple, or red to white.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Conducted on an outpatient basis, our surgeon creates a small incision near the vein just under the skin. Through the incision, a tiny hook is used to remove the damaged vein. To help healing, a bandage needs to be worn for two weeks following the procedure.
  • Laser Surgery – When a vein is too small to remove or inject with medication, laser surgery is often the procedure of choice. Laser vein surgery involves sending light energy into the diseased vein in short burst, which shrivels the vein. Over time, the vein disappears.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) – In an EVLT procedure, your vascular surgeon will insert a small laser fiber into the vein that sends pulsating vibrations through it, which causes the vein to close. This procedure offers a quick recovery time, with patients resuming normal activities within a day.
  • The VNUS Closure – Radio frequency vein ablation, technically referred to as The VNUS Closure, consists of using ultrasound to guide a doctor’s placement of a catheter inside the vein. Once the catheter is in place, radio frequencies heat the vein, shrink the vein walls, and eventually close the vein. This causes the blood to be rerouted though other healthy veins. The VNUS Closure is done on an outpatient basis.

 

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