The most important part in the treatment of varicose veins is to make sure that the origin of the reflux is properly discovered and remedied. If the vein causing the reflux is not properly treated, the chances of the varicose veins recurring becomes high. Using duplex ultrasound and Doppler scanning, we are able to accurately diagnose the common causes and sites of venous reflux.
Previous treatments for most varicose veins involved stripping the varicose veins, requiring hospitalization, extensive surgery, and prolonged immobilization. This was not only prohibitive in terms of cost, but resulted in a painful post-operative period. The superficial vein, which is mostly a non-vital vein, is normally the vein used for bypass surgery for the heart as well as for other vascular diseases. It should be preserved whenever possible.
Telangiectasia, more commonly referred to as Spider Veins, are small veins that lie close to the surface of the skin, appearing in lines, sunburst patterns, or clusters. These unsightly veins are connected to the slightly larger reticular veins, but serve no real purpose. Although spider veins will occasionally cause irritation, they are normally not symptomatic and pose little threat to a person's health.
While superficial thrombophlebitis, or a painful blood clot in the superficial veins, is more commonly associated with varicose veins, it can also occur in otherwise normal veins. Careful examination and diagnosis is necessary to rule out a major venous reflux, and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) associated with the above condition. Deep Vein Thrombosis is a life-threatening disorder which might result in pulmonary embolism. However, superficial phlebitis is usually a more benign situation that doesn't require the use of anticoagulation or hospitalization.
The Vein Center of Northeast Ohio, Ltd. has an experienced and knowledgeable staff who, with the use of duplex ultrasound scanning, can diagnose and treat the clot at different levels.
Leg Swelling and Lymphedema
Swelling of the legs is one of the most common and mysterious conditions in medicine today. There are a myriad of causes for this problem, ranging from musculoskeletal strain to circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Through thorough examination and non-invasive testing, the Vein Center of Northeast Ohio can diagnose and treat most of the known causes of leg swelling.
Common Skin Problems
The Vein Center of Northeast Ohio, Ltd. also has plans to provide aesthetic procedures using intense pulsed laser for the treatment of skin blemishes, wrinkled skin, and sun-damaged skin. Treatment of rosacea, spider veins, excessive blushing, angiomas, port wine types of venous malformations, unwanted body hair, age spots, and red moles will also be able to be treated in the near future.