When you have varicose or spider veins, it may be difficult to get excited about a day at the beach or a new pair of shorts. Not only do these veins affect you personally, but they are also sometimes painful and can lead to other health problems. Non-surgical vein treatments are safe, affordable and convenient procedures that can address the issues caused by venous issues like spider veins or varicose veins. A Look at Varicose Veins Some common causes include the following: • Loss of vein elasticity due to aging • Hormone changes • High venous pressure • Genetics • Standing or sitting for long periods of time The Disadvantages of Surgical Vein Treatment Vein ligation and stripping used to be a common remedy for varicose veins. The procedure is invasive and has potential adverse effects. Now, there are alternative treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable ways to get rid of these veins without the need for surgery. Common Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are several non-surgical methods of vein treatment, but some of the most commonly used are sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a special solution that causes the problem veins to close, shrivel up and fade away over time. Endovenous laser ablation uses laser energy to generate heat which seals problematic veins shut permanently. The veins eventually shrink, collapse and get absorbed by the body naturally. The Benefits of Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are overwhelming advantages to treating varicose and spider veins without surgery. Some of the main benefits of non-surgical vein treatments include: • Less discomfort • Little or no recovery time • No need for general anesthesia nor sedation • Reduced risk of complications • Convenience If you are dealing with problematic spider or varicose veins, make an appointment at Rosen Vein Care in Northbrook. Dr. Rosen can recommend the treatment option that’s ideal for you. Don’t let varicose and spider veins keep you from the opportunity of feeling and looking better. If you’re in the Chicago area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for non-surgical vein treatments.
If you are one of the many people that have varicose veins, you have likely wondered about the best way to eliminate them. On the other hand, you may have settled on the idea that they are something that you will just learn to live with. If this is the case, however, you may want to reconsider since there are a variety of treatment options available, at least one of which is likely to meet your needs and expectations. Add to this the fact that varicose veins can put you at risk for other health problems, and you really should consider varicose vein treatment at Rosen Vein Care. Varicose veins develop more often in the legs than anywhere else in the body. There are some reasons this is the case. Inside your veins, there are valves that make sure the blood can only flow one way. For veins, the correct way is upwards, toward the heart. With the veins in the legs, the upward flow has to overcome the downward pull of gravity. If not for these check valves, gravity could make the blood flow pool towards your ankles and feet. If the valves do not function as they should, wrong-way flow or reflux occurs. As blood pools in veins, pressure builds up over time. The added pressure acting on the vein walls causes them to become enlarged, bulging varicose veins. In addition to impacting one’s appearance, varicose veins can produce symptoms and create other health risks. People who spend much of their day standing are even more likely to experience discomfort. The same is true for individuals who must stay seated in a stationary position for extended periods of time. Symptoms of varicose veins can include things like aches and pains, heaviness, tired legs, cramps and even restless legs at night. The presence of varicose veins may also increase the risk of developing blood clots. Varicose vein treatment , including Sclerotherapy, can be safely performed at Dr. Rosen’s Chicago area office and requires very little, if any, restriction from your normal activities including work and exercise. To discuss your […]
Recently I was sitting on the couch with my kids as they watched an educational cartoon that explained how airplanes fly. Evidently, there are four forces at play: thrust and lift, which move the plane forward and up, respectively…and these are opposed by drag and weight, which push back and down, respectively. It’s actually a great analogy for progress in the field of vein treatment. The past two decades have seen some amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of chronic superficial vein disease. There has been a shift from more invasive, surgical procedures to minimally-invasive, ultrasound-guided techniques. Each time a new technique is developed, our ability to treat patients is thrust forward. Physicians’ and patients’ spirits get a lift with the expectation of improvements in comfort and effectiveness. But…we have to temper our excitement with the weight of scientific proof: we need to collect data and determine whether “new” really equals “better”. In the case of the state-of-the-art vein treatments (which I provide at my Chicago area vein clinic, Rosen Vein Care) called Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Clarivein®, I think we are soaring miles above the surgical treatments of the past. More than a decade of evidence about EVLA and about five years of data on Clarivein® continue to demonstrate that patient outcomes and comfort have been improved. So far, our analogy has used thrust, lift and weight…I bet you’re wondering what the drag is, right? Well, the drag seems to be getting insurers to recognize that these new treatments are indeed better…and therefore should be coverable under their policies. It took quite a bit of time to move insurers away from surgical vein stripping and toward minimally-invasive endovenous thermal ablation. Unlike surgical stripping, endovenous thermal techniques leave the problematic veins in place and instead close them from the inside using heat to seal them shut. These procedures are able to be done in an outpatient office setting and do not require any sedation…my patients and I chat and listen to music during procedures! Since these techniques use heat…generated from a laser fiber or radiofrequency catheter…they require a dilute solution […]
I strive for excellence; to improve upon the care I offer my patients each day. To search out new treatments and techniques that may offer great results with less discomfort. Clarivein® seems to do just that. ClariVein® is a minimally-invasive treatment for venous insufficiency: the underlying issue that leads, in many cases, to chronic leg discomfort and varicose veins. With the assistance of ultrasound guidance, a special rotating device is used to inject a chemical solution that leads to closure of malfunctioning superficial veins. This is truly state-of-the-art vein care. Unlike endovenous laser ablation (EVLA, EVLT®) or radiofrequency ablation, no heat is required for vein closure. No heat means that virtually no anesthesia is required and the procedure remains essentially pain-free! The results are pretty comparable to the other, older procedures without the discomfort associated with the placement of tumescent local anesthesia. Patients on whom I’ve performed the procedure all say the same thing: you feel that something is happening, but it’s not painful. Though I reserve 90 minutes for each procedure, the actual closure time is only a few minutes. So…why all that extra time? Welcome to Rosen Vein Care: I care about every patient’s experience. There is no rushing through things. I care deeply about making sure that I have explained things to my patients and answered every question before doing any procedure. This isn’t “assembly line medicine”. This is what patient care is supposed to be for all of us…and THAT is my guiding principle….my medical “golden rule”, if you will: Treat unto others as I would want to be treated. I do everything I can to make Rosen Vein Care the best place for varicose vein treatments and spider vein treatments in Chicago and its suburbs! Once the Clarivein® procedure is over, some gauze and tape are placed on the leg. Compression stockings are also placed and are worn daily for a few weeks. There are few activity restrictions. In fact, I encourage patients to be more active…to walk…get out there and enjoy all of the beautiful things to see around Chicago and the suburbs! The […]