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Varicose veins are a common problem, but until recently, the treatment for them was likely to involve painful and unpleasant vein stripping. If you have problem veins, Allison Burkett, MD, FACS, of Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center & Vein Solutions in Warner Robins, Georgia, offers some of the most advanced solutions. Dr. Burkett offers vein treatment options including Varithena™ foam sclerotherapy, VenaSeal™ vein glue, and ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation. For fast and virtually pain-free vein treatments with minimal downtime, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Vein treatments might be necessary if you have varicose veins or spider veins.
In both cases, the veins become visible through your skin. Spider veins are tiny networks of red, purple, or blue veins that look like spiderwebs, while varicose veins are larger blood vessels that make twisted, rope-like patterns, most often on the legs.
These are conditions that anyone may develop, although they're more common in older people. Spider veins, in particular, are usually no more than an aesthetic problem, but varicose veins can be a sign that you have an underlying vascular condition.
The most likely cause of varicose veins is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), where blood starts to collect in the veins and makes them swell. CVI is typically a consequence of weak or dysfunctional valves in your veins.
The valves are tiny flaps that allow blood through on its way to your heart, then close to prevent gravity from dragging the blood back down your legs. Valves that don't close tight allow blood to gather and varicose veins to form.
Dr. Burkett offers several vein treatment options, including:
Sclerotherapy is a solution for spider veins and small varicose veins. Dr. Burkett injects a sclerosant solution into the vein or uses Varithena, an advanced sclerosant foam. The sclerosant irritates the inside tissues of the vein, making them swell and cutting off blood flow.
VenaSeal is an alternative to sclerotherapy in which Dr. Burkett puts a tiny tube called a catheter into the vein. She then inserts the VenaSeal™ solution, which glues the vein walls together.
Dr. Burkett uses the ClosureFast™ Procedure to deliver radiofrequency energy to the problem vein and close it down.
With each of these treatments, the blood that normally flows through the affected vein finds a different route. Your circulation improves, and the veins disappear in time to leave your skin blemish-free.
To ensure optimal accuracy in delivering these vein treatments, Dr. Burkett uses image guidance technology to view your veins. To support the veins as they heal after treatment, you might need to wear compression socks, which you can purchase on-site.
Advanced vein treatments like VenaSeal™, ClosureFast™, and Varithena are definitive in-office procedures that require minimal downtime and cause little or no discomfort. This is in contrast to traditional methods like vein stripping, a surgical procedure to remove the affected veins.
To take advantage of a modern approach to treating problem veins, call Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center & Vein Solutions today or book an appointment online.