The Most Efficient Methods to Treat Venous Insufficiency
If you ever wondered what the main cause of disorders such as varicose veins and leg swelling might be, you’ve come to the right place. The name of the disease is venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency is actually a very common disease affecting about half the population of the United States. Aside for the aforementioned conditions, it also causes about 70% of all leg wounds that are slow to heal. Venous insufficiency can be detected through symptoms such as leg swelling that may get worse as you progress through the day, slow healing leg wounds, muscle cramps and skin discoloration in the legs, as well as leg swelling and the onset of varicose veins.
Common Treatments for Venous Insufficiency
There are many possible options for treating venous insufficiency depending on how it manifests and the specific ways in which it affects your leg muscles and veins.
Once a clinical consultation is performed and ultrasound imaging is used to come up with a diagnosis, our experts at MIVA Medical can recommend a number of procedures that may be effectively used to treat the disease depending on your symptoms. We specialize primarily in phlebectomy, vein ablations and foam sclerotherapy, although other medical procedures can also be used.
1. Vein Ablations
Vein ablations involve rerouting the blood from faulty superficial veins. We primarily use two different techniques to cauterize damaged veins and then permit the decompression of superficial veins through rerouting the blood to deep veins. You can discuss both methods with our trusted and friendly experts at our medical center in Missouri.
2. Venaseal Treatments
A veneseal treatment requires a local anesthetic, but it isn’t too invasive. The main focus of this treatment is to shut the affected veins off using a needle that is positioned into the faulty vein and guided there with the help of ultrasound guidance. The needle will carry with it a tube that will remain inside the vein. Then glue is injected into the vein at certain intervals while the tube is retracted.
Only a very small amount of glue will normally be required. Once the glue is in place and the affected vein is properly shut off, blood will immediately be rerouted through various other, healthier veins in your leg. Recovery time is typically minimal.
Microphlebectomy, or simply phlebectomy, is a procedure that can remove bulging varicose veins. Small puncture sites are used to pull the veins through the skin for that purpose. If venous ablation is also used, then this procedure will be performed on the very same day. MIVA Medical performs this minimally invasive treatment under mild sedation. The recovery process will require you to wear compression socks after the treatment is completed.
4. Foam Sclerotherapy
Venous insufficiency can also be treated through an injectable solution known as sclerosant. Usually added only after vein ablation is performed, the substance can be injected either in foam or liquid form. It is typically used for wound care, so that the recovery process will be faster and less problematic.
To perform the procedure, a hollow needle is guided into the vein with the help of ultrasound technology, and the substance is injected through the needle and into the vein.
Minimally Invasive EVLT
One of the most important, well-known and safest treatments used for venous insufficiency is EVLT. The abbreviation stands for Endovenous Laser Therapy, and due to its use of lasers, it can be highly efficient and fast, but it also requires some consideration.
The procedsure uses a small catheter that is placed directly into the vein with a pinprick, and then guided to the right location. The veins are sealed permanently using heat produced through a small laser fiber, and then the blood flow is rerouted to a healthier vein or a set of other veins close by.
The procedure is painless and requires no sedation, but it can involve some minor side effects like bruising and swelling. Our experts at MIVA Medical, however, are trained to minimize any such problems and ensure that the procedure and the recovery process goes smoothly.
To find out if you are eligible for EVLT, consider scheduling a consultation with our experts at Miva Medical in Missouri as soon as possible, and your condition will be evaluated through your overall health, vascular condition and medical history.
What illnesses can a Venogram help with?
The list is lengthy, but the following are some of the more typical diseases treated:
- Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Acute and Chronic DVT
- Superior Vena Cava (SVC) Syndrome
- May-Thurner Syndrome