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 […]
Definitive treatment for spider veins involves injections. Some will claim that superficial lasers or radiofrequency generators can do the job…but, in my opinion…based on experience…I would recommend starting with sclerotherapy first and use those other modalities as a last resort or to treat veins too small to enter with a needle. Sclerotherapy Centuries old, the concept of injecting solution into varicose veins in order to get them to scar down and shrink is still a mainstay in the armamentarium of phlebologists. Like thermal ablation, the goal is to achieve irreversible damage to the cells that line the walls of veins, causing local inflammation and ultimately scarring down and resorption of the vein itself. Too little, the body can ultimately heal the damage and allow blood to continue to flow through diseased veins. Too much can allow the sclerosing agent to flow into normal healthy veins and cause unwanted damage.
Wow… a three-parter. Makes me think of “3-Peat”, which makes me think of the glory days of Da Bulls. I’d like to think of myself as the Michael Jordan of vein docs here in my arena at Rosen Vein Care, conveniently located in Northbrook. About the closest I’ll ever come to making a slam-dunk is a metaphorical one relating to endovenous ablation of varicose veins…and I think I can be satisfied with that. True, I might not have a pair of Nike shoes designed especially for me (though the “swoosh” kinda looks like a tortuous vein). True, I may not have a cologne bearing my name on the counter at Macy’s […what on earth would it smell like? Ablated vein? Ew.] But…here in my office at Rosen Vein Care…I feel like a man in the prime of his career…standing at my equivalent of the 3 point line (next to the comfy table in my procedure room)…firing off one at the buzzer to score a victory against my arch nemesis: superficial venous insufficiency. Though you can’t see it under my surgical mask, my tongue is sticking out in true Jordan fashion. Maybe I should embroider a #23 on my scrub shirt?…. Ahem…let’s get back to our lecture, shall we? We left off with definitive treatment options for superficial venous insufficiency that were non-surgical, minimally-invasive and well-tolerated. Namely, we talked about endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) In comparison to surgical options of yesteryear, EVLA rocks and it rocks hard. Ironically the discomfort associated with the procedure relates to the use of local anesthetic; once the anesthetic is placed, patients feel no discomfort…only boredom. However, in the spirit of wanting to make the patient experience better and more comfortable, newer state-of-the-art procedures have arrived to deal with incompetent saphenous veins that DO NOT REQUIRE TUMESCENT LOCAL ANESTHESIA. Today’s veinblog post will introduce you to Mechanical Occlusion with Chemical Assist (MOCA…or, as it is known by its trade name, Clarivein®). This procedure has been around for about 5 years now and data is amassing about its efficacy. Similar to EVLA, Clarivein® is a minimally-invasive means […]