Veins and Treatments

What you don’t know about vein disease could hurt you

Damaged veins can take many different forms, from small surface veins to large grape-like clusters. No matter what size or shape, these veins are signs of vein disease and may be caused by faulty valves. If left untreated, they could lead to more serious complications, such as ulcerations, blood clots or spontaneous venous rupture.

However, now there are innovative and effective treatments to eliminate unhealthy veins. Fortunately, once the damaged veins are treated, your body will re-route blood flow into stronger, healthier veins, reducing vein problems and improving your circulation.

The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, non-sclerosant procedure that uses a proprietary medical adhesive delivered endovenously to close the vein. This unique approach eliminates the risk of thermal nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein, which is a risk sometimes associated with certain thermal-based procedures.1,2 Clinical studies have demonstrated that the procedure is safe and effective.3,4 The procedure is administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, avoiding patient discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks.

Spider veins

Spider veins

Spider veins are tiny red or purple dilated blood vessels that form when veins become enlarged and swollen with stagnant blood. Though smaller than most varicose veins, spider veins are often darker and more noticeable. This is because these veins are located just below the surface of the skin.

More common in women, spider veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations and sometimes result in itching, restless leg and minor aches and pains. Non-symptomatic spider veins may be found on the face and chest as well as the legs. Although surface veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can also be an indication of more serious vein disease deep below the surface.

Treatments for Spider Veins

Visual Sclerotherapy

This procedure is most often used to treat visible spider veins and small varicose veins near the surface of the skin. A painless sclerosant is injected into the veins, causing them to shrink, close off and eventually disappear. Although two to five treatments are often needed, the results are long-lasting

Advantages of visual sclerotherapy include:

  • No downtime
  • Less likely to stain skin
  • Long-lasting results
  • Fewer allergic reactions
  • No scarring
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Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.

 

 

 

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are limited to the tiniest red veins on very fair skins. However, sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating leg veins.

The Morrison Vein Institute evaluates patients and determines which treatment plan is right for each patient. Many times, patients need medical treatments or sclerotherapy before superficial laser is indicated.

Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are also dilated vessels, but are usually uncomfortable and harmful to your health than spider veins. In general, veins are responsible for pushing blood against gravity back to the heart and lungs. With varicose veins, the blood flow from the legs back to the heart is diminished by 15-20%, making these veins a burden to your circulation.

The actual cause of varicose veins is inefficient, faulty vein valves. These valves don’t close properly, allowing blood to leak back with gravity and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to bulge and stretch and result in many unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Aching and throbbing pain
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Heavy and tired legs
  • Poor circulation
  • Night cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

Heredity is a primary factor in over 80% of varicose vein cases. Other aggravating factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, standing or sitting for long periods of time and injury.

 

Treatments for Varicose Veins

VNUS Closure

This procedure is an FDA-approved alternative to the traditional and invasive vein stripping surgery. During the VNUS Closure™, a thin catheter is guided using ultrasound into the great saphenous vein through a tiny opening. The catheter then delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy directly to the wall of the damaged vein. As the catheter is removed, the damaged vein is heated and seals shut. Unlike vein stripping, this outpatient treatment is quick and virtually pain-free. Most patients return to normal activity within a few days.

Dr. Morrison was the first physician in the Southwest to complete a VNUS Closure™ and has successfully completed over 5,000 Endovenous Thermal Ablation Procedures (EVTA). He is considered an industry leader and trains physicians across the country in this procedure.

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“I was very hopeful, but I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought there would be bruising, but there wasn’t bruising. With stripping, I stayed in the hospital for one day, and had to keep my legs elevated. I had scars.The Closure was much easier!”

 

 

 

The Morrison Vein Institute does not offer the more traditional yet extremely invasive treatment known as vein stripping. VNUS Closure™ offers many benefits over vein stripping:

  • Less invasive; not a surgical procedure
  • Faster recovery; resume normal activity within 1-2 days
  • Same day, outpatient procedure
  • Only local or regional anesthesia needed
  • Little to no scarring
  • Relief of symptoms

Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVTA)

Endovenous Laser Ablation is another very effective outpatient treatments for varicose veins. Using ultrasound technology, a thin laser fiber is guided into the vein through a very small opening to deliver pulsed laser heat to the diseased vein wall. This causes the vein to close, and eliminates venous reflux at its source.

Dr. Morrison was the first physician in the Southwest to complete a VNUS Closure™ and has successfully completed over 5,000 Endovenous Thermal Ablation Procedures (EVTA). Like VNUS Closure™, this procedure offers a variety of benefits:

  • Relief of symptoms
  • Less invasive; not a surgical procedure
  • Little downtime
  • Same day, outpatient procedure
  • Only local or regional anesthesia needed
  • Little to no scarring
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Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.

 

 

 

Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Chemical Ablation (EVCA)

This technique uses ultrasound technology to guide the precise placement of injections needed to treat larger varicosities. It is extremely effective because the solution is delivered to the exact source of venous reflux.

“It’s fascinating that they can take care of this problem without putting a big cut in my leg. It¹s an easy procedure.”
There are many benefits to Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy and EVCA:

Treats problem at the source without surgery

  • No downtime
  • No anesthesia needed
  • Long-lasting results
  • Extremely effective
  • Minimal chance of any scarring
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Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.

 

 

 

Although compression hose do not treat the cause of vein disease, they often provide relief from its symptoms by preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins, thereby helping overall circulation. Compression hose also increase the long-term effectiveness of all vein treatments. At the Morrison Vein Institute, we offer procedures that treat the problem at its source, which makes our treatments quicker, more effective and less painful than traditional methods. The continued success of any vein treatment depends on you. Elevate your legs It is important that you elevate your legs at every opportunity in order to encourage circulation. If you cannot elevate your legs during the day, do so for 30 minutes as soon as you return home from work. Exercise Physical activity is a simple and effective method of improving vein health by pumping blood up the leg against the force of gravity. Keep in mind a weak muscle won’t pump as well as a strong one, so be sure to set a regular exercise program to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Although exercise is advised, high impact activities such as weight lifting should be avoided for 3 weeks after treatment. Wear Compression Hose Compression hose have been proven to be very effective when used for preventative care, during treatment, and for long-term therapy after treatment. Graduated compression prevents blood from pooling in the leg veins, thereby helping overall circulation. Compression is greatest at the ankle, gradually decreasing up the leg. There are many different styles, textures and colors for both men and women, so you can find the stockings that are best for you – and your recovery. Limit sun exposure Just as the sun can cause damage to your skin, exposure to the sun also affects the elastic layer of your veins. Heat causes varicose veins to widen and can also lead to discoloration. Avoid hot baths, saunas and jacuzzis Following a hot bath, you are more likely to feel uncomfortable, not relieved of symptoms. That’s because exposure to heat causes veins to dilate and become larger. In order to maintain venous function, vein size needs to remain consistent. Other simple tips include:

  • Take Tylenol for pain. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofens or anti-inflammatory medications for 4 days.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day
  • Apply ice to healing veins if you experience any tenderness
  • Avoid wearing high heels
  • Control your weight
  • Avoid tight pants and tight belts

ClariVein®OC is a specialty infusion catheter with a rotating wire tip designed for the controlled 360-degree dispersion of physician-specified agents to the targeted treatment area.

The ClariVein OC device is a slim, thin catheter (tube) that your doctor temporarily inserts into the peripheral vasculature through a pin-sized entrance point. ClariVein OC is several times smaller than other devices used in peripheral vascular treatments allowing the entrance point to be smaller.

Procedures which use ClariVein OC are often simpler, faster and studies have shown up to 74% less pain than other minimally-invasive peripheral vascular treatments. Because no thermal energy is used, there is no need for the multiple needle-stick injections of anesthesia (pain-numbing) medication along the length of the treated area. This shortens the time the procedure takes, reduces pain and discomfort, and also eliminates bruising.

Ask Your Doctor if ClariVein®OC is right for you
Ask your doctor about the difference the ClariVein OC occlusion catheter can offer when compared to other available treatments.

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