VEIN CENTER OF IDAHO OFFERS EFFECTIVE VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENTS IN MERIDIAN AND CALDWELL, ID
The Vein Center of Idaho is a vein clinic providing the community of Meridian and Caldwell, ID with affordable and effective varicose vein treatments. Different from traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatments, our practice focuses on minimally invasive treatment with less pain and less bruising. We offer Venefit Procedure, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and compression therapy treatments.
FIVE SIGNS INDICATING YOU MIGHT HAVE VARICOSE VEINS
The valves in your leg veins keep blood moving up toward the heart. When the valves don’t work properly, they allow blood to back up into the vein. The vein swells from the blood that collects there, resulting in varicose veins. They do not cause problems for most people. However, if the blood flow through veins is limited, you might experience:
Fullness, heaviness, aching and pain in the legs
- Visible or swollen veins
- Small veins (spider veins) on the surface of your skin
- Skin color changes of the legs and ankles
- Mild swelling of feet and ankles
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, we recommend that you schedule an appointment at Vein Center of Idaho. Our experienced doctors and staff will assess your situation and offer ways to improve the condition.
PUT YOUR BEST LEG FORWARD. CALL VEIN CENTER OF IDAHO TODAY.
At Vein Center of Idaho, our staff is careful and thorough in all procedures. Our favorite part of our work is helping our customers get therapeutic relief for their pain. We also love to see our clients excited and satisfied with the appearance of their veins and legs once the procedure is completed.
You can love your appearance and find relief from your varicose vein problems today. Call 208-402-4467 for a consultation at Vein Center of Idaho. We strive to provide affordable procedures for the community of Meridian and Caldwell, ID and we accept most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid.
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WHAT IS AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure to remove large superficial varicose veins through tiny incisions. An alternative to typical vein stripping surgery, this minimally invasive procedure can be used to remove the dilated veins in the legs which are both unsightly and uncomfortable for almost one third of adults. Varicose veins result from a variety of factors including prolonged standing, heredity, and pregnancy. While some varicose veins are asymptomatic, many result in swelling of the lower legs and feet, leg cramps, and occasionally a breakdown of the overlying skin called stasis ulcers. Treatment for varicose veins ranges from conservative, non-invasive approaches such as exercise and compression hose to surgical vein stripping under general anesthesia. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure developed to remove the dilated veins through small incisions under local anesthesia. Due to the reduction in anesthesia and small incision size, these procedures can be performed in the physician’s office or in an outpatient surgery center.
HOW IS AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY PERFORMED?
Ambulatory phlebectomy begins with the patient standing since this is the position where the varicose veins are most easily identified. The veins to be removed are marked with a surgical marker. Then with the patient supine, the leg is prepared with an antiseptic solution and local anesthetic is injected along the veins to be treated. A common anesthetic used with this procedure is a large volume of a low concentration local anesthetic. The fluid not only numbs the surrounding area for the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure, but it helps to pull the veins away from the adjacent tissue and compresses the surrounding capillaries to reduce post procedure bleeding.
Once the entire area to be treated has been injected with the anesthetic solution, tiny incisions are made over the veins, which can then be removed using vein hooks. The incisions for ambulatory phlebectomy procedures are so small they do not require sutures. These incisions allow the excess fluid to drain post operatively. When all the veins targeted for treatment on one leg have been completely removed, pads to absorb the fluid are placed next to the skin and the leg is wrapped tightly in a compression bandage.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PROCESS AFTER AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY?
The compression bandage is an important part of ambulatory phlebectomy and must be worn for 24 to 48 hours. In addition, it is important for the patient to ambulate soon and often since the contraction of surrounding muscles help to rid the treated areas of excess fluid, reduce the risk of blood clots, and contribute to the healing process. Once the bandage is removed compression hose are worn for one to three weeks as the legs completely heal. With a minimally invasive ambulatory phlebectomy, most patients are back to work within 1 to 3 days. The only activities to be avoided in the first few weeks are prolonged standing and heavy lifting.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY?
Complications can occur with any procedure, the most common being bleeding or infection. With the small incisions used for ambulatory phlebectomy these complications are much less common than with traditional vein stripping. Typically the incisions heal without scarring. Darker skinned individuals may require more time for these areas to fade. Other postoperative problems which typically resolve are discoloration of the surrounding skin, numbness, and tingling. With any treatment procedure long term recurrence of varicose veins can occur, especially if the same factors causing them remain following treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROCEDURE COST?
The cost of an ambulatory phlebectomy depends on the extent of the varicose veins to be treated. Insurance often covers the cost of treatment but may require more conservative options such as compression hose, weight loss, and exercise be initiated first before surgical therapy is undertaken. Since each patient is different, consultation and evaluation by a physician experienced in ambulatory phlebectomy is the best way to determine if this procedure is appropriate.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations. A medicine or detergent is injected into the vessels, which makes them shrink. Sclerotherapy is most often used to treat spider veins, reticular veins and smaller varicose veins. Please refer to the before and after photos on the this site. Only a licensed and trained health care professional should perform this procedure. He or she will use a very small needle to inject an FDA approved sclerosant agent or detergent called Polydocanol. Injecting the unwanted veins with this sclerosing agent causes the target vein to immediately shrink, and then dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs the treated vein.
Sclerotherapy is the “Gold Standard” and is preferred over laser therapy for eliminating large spider veins and small varicose veins. Unlike a laser, the sclerosing solution additionally closes the “feeder veins.” After the treatment the patient’s leg is then compressed with either stockings or bandages that they wear up to two weeks after. Patients are also encouraged to stay active and walk regularly during this time. Common practice requires the patient to have at least 2-3 treatments separated by 2-3 weeks to improve the appearance of their legs.
WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins are tiny dilated blood vessels visible as purple, blue or red streaks, located just below the surface of the skin and sometimes occurring in web-like groups. Spider veins can occur on the face, chest, and abdomen, but are more common on the thigh, calves, and ankles. Unless treated, they are permanent and tend to increase in number over time. Although spider veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can be an indication of venous disease below the surface of the skin. Spider veins drain into deeper veins called reticular veins. Reticular veins may or may not be visible to the naked eye, or can be easily seen with the use of high intensity light applied directly to the skin (transillumination). Identification and treatment of reticular veins is an important aspect of the successful treatment of spider veins.
SYMPTOMS OF SPIDER VEINS
Spider veins are usually of cosmetic concern, but may be associated with itching or burning. If spider veins are associated with leg heaviness, fatigue, and/or swelling, dilated veins below the skin surface may be to blame. Occasionally spider veins spontaneously rupture and bleed, or they may bleed with trauma such as may occur during shaving.
CAUSES OF SPIDER VEINS
The exact cause of spider veins is unknown. The presence of spider veins is sometimes an inherited trait. Spider veins may also appear after trauma or surgery. No correlation exists between crossing the legs, wearing constrictive clothing or garters and the occurrence of spider veins. More common in women, spider veins may be triggered by hormonal variations such as occur in pregnancy. Spider veins may be associated with venous hypertension due to larger diseased veins causing pressure on tiny veins which then dilate at the skin surface. If this possibility is considered, duplex ultrasound imaging can evaluate for underlying venous disease, which should be treated prior to treatment of spider veins.
TREATMENT OF SPIDER VEINS
Sclerotherapy is often used to treat varicose and spider veins. Using a tiny needle, veins are injected with a solution that irritates the lining of the vein wall, causing them to collapse and gradually fade away. This procedure is performed in office, usually lasting approximately 30-60 minutes. Multiple treatments may be needed to reach desired results. For optimal results, reticular veins associated with spider veins also need to be sclerosed. Compression stockings are worn for about one week post procedure. Most patients resume normal activities immediately. An allergic reaction to a sclerosant is rare, but has been reported. Staining, or brown discoloration on the skin is a possible side effect of sclerotherapy. This staining may take six months or longer to fade. Rarely sclerotherapy may result in the breakdown of a small area of skin resulting in an open wound (an ulcer). Some patients may develop lace-like matted webs of tiny, dilated, red, blue, or purple capillaries, arterioles, or venules visible just below the skin surface after sclerotherapy. Despite appropriate treatment, spider veins may recur later in life, possibly due to the underlying genetic predisposition that led to the development of spider veins in the first place. Treating spider veins does not keep new ones from appearing, but treating new ones every few years may be appropriate to keep them from becoming too extensive. After childbearing years, which are associated with hormonal swings, spider veins may develop more slowly.
VEIN CENTER OF IDAHO | MERIDIAN
3581 East Overland Road
Meridian, ID 83642
VEIN CENTER OF IDAHO | CALDWELL
4519 Enterprise Way, Suite 205
Caldwell, ID 83605
Get Self Confidence You Can Walk On
Why deal with those unpleasant, painful varicose and spider veins? Stop covering up your legs today and call the medical professionals at Vein Center of Idaho, located in Meridian, ID. We offer multiple treatment options for varicose veins and venous insufficiency to include VNUS closure procedure, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and compression therapy.
To schedule your appointment, call the Meridian office at 208-402-4467 or our Caldwell office at 208-454-4976 today. Vein Center of Idaho looks forward to helping you find relief from your varicose veins and gain the confidence you deserve.