Are you bothered by painful, bulging, swollen varicose veins?
Damaged vein valves and incorrect blood flow cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, they may worsen over time and become a more serious condition. Our practice offers a clinically proven treatment for the underlying cause of your varicose veins.
St. Joseph’s Imaging is pleased to offer in-office procedures to rid you of those unsightly varicose veins without surgery.
No Surgery. No downtime. Just great looking legs. Please call us for a free screening 315-362-VEIN.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh colored. They are often raised above the skin on legs and look like twisted bulging cords. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins that regulate blood flow direction from the legs toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool. Symptoms of varicose veins include pain, swelling, aching, throbbing, burning, cramping and heaviness.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure using segmental radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal the vein closed. Blood flow is then naturally redirected to healthy veins as the recovery process begins. The treated vein becomes scar tissue and is eventually absorbed by the body and blood is then re-routed through healthy veins back towards the heart. We do this without general anesthesia, sutures or down time. Your leg will feel relief within 24 hours.
A non-invasive procedure to remove varicose vein branches by micro-extraction technique. Tiny incisions are made in the skin through which the remaining varicose veins are removed. The incisions are so small they do not require stitches, and often heal without scarring. It is performed as a second stage to the RFA treatment or when there are isolated varicose veins.
After the treatment, compression stockings can be worn to help healing and decrease swelling for the following two weeks. You may resume normal activity after the treatment but no strenuous or heavy lifting for up to two weeks. Mild soreness may last up to ten days. A follow-up ultrasound will be scheduled two weeks after treatment.
What are Spider Veins? Spider veins, which often cover the legs, are damaged veins that appear to be similar to varicose veins, only thinner. Appearing red or blue in color and like thin spider webs or branches, these veins are closer to the surface of the skin and can spread over a range of areas. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically not raised above the skin’s surface.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure performed on superficial spider veins. Generally these veins are not problematic but unsightly in appearance. Therefore most of these procedures are done for cosmetic reasons. The treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein that causes the vein walls to swell, stick together and seal shut.
After the treatment, you will be able to drive and resume regular activities. There may be minimal pain, bruising, cramping and swelling for the first day after therapy. You will need to wear compression stockings and walk at least one hour a day for the following 2 weeks after treatment.
What type of person do you typically see for these procedures?
We treat both men and women typically between the ages of 30 to 75.
Generally a majority of our patients present with one or more of the following:
- Visible bulging rope like veins
- Severe leg or ankle pain or swelling; especially towards the end of the day
- Burning or itching of skin on the legs
- Cosmetic vein concerns on the legs
How is vein disease diagnosed?
Call 315-362-VEIN to schedule a consult. At the consult, we will discuss your medical history and concerns. Once we have reviewed your symptoms we may recommend a comprehensive ultrasound to evaluate the blood flow within the veins. If there is identified venous reflux, we will then go over treatment options.
Will insurance or Medicare cover my treatment?
Most insurance companies and Medicare recognize vein disease as a valid medical expense. We recommend that you verify your benefits with your insurance provider.