Now’s the Time to ‘Fall’ Back in Love with your Legs!
If you’ve been thinking about varicose vein treatment, now is a great time to schedule your vein consultation! Varicose vein treatments are often quick and easy, but the process of meeting health insurance requirements can take extra time. Dr. Keith Sterling and the staff at Advanced Interventional Vein and Vascular Center are ready make every step of the way a simple and painless process for you.
The first step is to schedule a vein consultation, in which an expert interventional radiologist will review your symptoms and conduct an ultrasound exam to evaluate blood flow. Most cases of varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, a condition in which veins are not effective in returning blood toward the heart. Varicose vein treatments due to venous insufficiency are covered by most health insurance plans.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Most insurance companies require a patient to try a round of conservative therapy first before additional interventional procedures will be covered. Conservative vein therapy usually includes compression stockings and lifestyle changes like weight loss and exercise. If additional procedures are recommended after conservative therapy, Advanced Interventional Vein and Vascular Center offers the following options:
- Vein Ablation– After applying local anesthetic to the skin over the vein, an interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter, about the size of a strand of spaghetti, into the abnormal vein. Through this catheter, laser or radio-frequency energy is applied to the inside of the vein to seal it closed, and it will eventually fade away and absorb into the body. Normal blood flow is restored through remaining health veins in the leg.
- Microphlebectomy – Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive technique to remove bulging varicose veins. Using a special set of tools, a radiologist is able to remove the abnormal vein through just one tiny nick in the skin. This outpatient procedure is done under local anesthesia.
- Sclerotherapy – Injection sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose as well as spider veins. An extremely fine needle is used to inject the abnormal vein with a solution that eventually shrinks the vein.
Varicose Vein Treatment Results
Most patients report a noticeable improvement within 1-2 weeks. Some patients may require additional procedures to achieve desired results, and should wait at least 2 weeks between treatments. Patients are also typically required to wear compression stockings for several weeks following each procedure.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you’re ready to finally get rid of your varicose veins and the uncomfortable symptoms that come with them, schedule your vein consultation with Dr. Keith Sterling now. If you begin the process before the end of the year, you’ll be ready to show off your results by the time the temperatures start to rise. Call 703-824-3228 today and ‘fall’ back in love with your legs!
To schedule your appointment call 703-824-3260 or request an appointment online.