In the treatment of varicose veins, we have a wide variety of procedures that we can use to close off the affected veins. The procedures that we use here at Windward Vein are minimally invasive and are as nondisruptive to our patients’ lifestyles as possible.
Dr. Wong always performs a complete ultrasound diagnostic test to make sure that we rule out all causes of venous insufficiency in the areas surrounding varicose and spider veins. Any chronic vein insufficiency can develop from aging, weight gain, and your genes. Of course, there can be other factors such as blockages and injuries which will all be addressed during your consultation so Dr. Wong can recommend the best treatment option for you.
Before fairly recent developments, the first method of treating varicose and spider veins was a painful vein stripping procedure that would remove the affected veins–or portions of the vein–from the body surgically. Vein ligation, unfortunately, was not as effective as it was thought to be. Often after vein ligation, the problem with varicose and spider vein appearance can persist. Instead of stripping veins completely, it’s best to treat the affected vein from within.
To treat veins effectively, we now use the gold standard in the treatment of varicose and spider veins–laser ablation therapy. Laser ablation therapy is another minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that requires only the insertion of a laser-tipped catheter into the vein. Once the catheter is inserted into the vein, the laser tip will apply heat energy to the vein and begin to boil the blood around it, damaging and scarring the vein from the inside. As the vein scars around the catheter, the physician will slowly and gradually pull it a few millimeters at a time down the affected vein.
We target the greater saphenous vein since this is the main superficial vein in the leg. Closing off a section of this vein solves the blood flow issue that supplies superficial varicose veins. Should the saphenous vein need to be used for later bypass surgery for the patient, the vein remains.