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Your Top 5 Vein Therapy Options in TX

January 27, 2021

Intro to Vein Therapy in TX

The term “vein therapy” refers to a collection of vein treatments that address vein issues, such as restless leg syndrome, leg heaviness, varicose veins, and spider veins. Minimally invasive vein treatments must address the root cause of your vein problems — usually chronic venous insufficiency. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment with a reputable vein treatment center in TX.

Vein Treatment Clinic Houston is known for its exceptional results with varicose vein treatments, as evidenced by our 5-star ratings and reviews from patients. We use the latest diagnostic tools and technologies to identify the root cause of your vein issues. And we only provide minimally invasive vein treatments that conclude within an hour with no downtime.

You can find our vein center in Uptown Houston, a short drive from The Galleria shopping mall. Please continue reading to learn more about the top 5 vein therapy options in TX.

#1. Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is widely considered the best varicose vein treatment for patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency. This procedure involves using thermal energy to collapse the diseased vein responsible for your vein issues.

The vein doctor administers local anesthesia and creates a small incision on the surface of the skin to insert a catheter. The catheter is driven through the incision and into the diseased saphenous vein, identified under ultrasound guidance. The vein doctor delivers local anesthesia to the vein’s walls and activates the catheter to generate thermal energy, affecting the diseased vein. The accumulated blood reroutes to healthier leg veins, restoring effective blood circulation to the heart.

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally-invasive and non-surgical procedure that concludes within 30 to 60 minutes, followed by no downtime. It’s also covered by most insurance plans because it’s a medically necessary procedure.

#2. Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is another highly-effective varicose vein treatment for patients suffering from underlying venous insufficiency. This procedure involves using laser energy to treat vein disease.

The vein doctor administers local anesthesia and creates a small incision on the surface of the skin to insert an endovenous laser. The laser fiber is driven through the incision and into the diseased saphenous vein via ultrasound guidance. The vein doctor delivers local anesthesia to the vein’s walls and activates the laser fiber to generate laser energy, making the diseased vein close down. The accumulated blood flows into healthier leg veins, restoring effective blood circulation to the heart.

Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that concludes within 30 to 60 minutes with no downtime. While it’s completely safe, it causes a little more post-treatment discomfort than radiofrequency ablation. It’s covered by most insurance plans.

Patients suffering from varicose veins and spider veins should consider their vein therapy options in TX. This article provides an overview of the top varicose vein treatment options.

#3. VenaSeal

VenaSeal is the name of an FDA-approved medical-grade adhesive with the power to seal vein walls. It’s one of the latest varicose vein treatment options for people with underlying venous insufficiency.

The vein doctor injects a medical adhesive into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. The medical adhesive fuses the diseased vein’s walls, essentially shutting it down. The accumulated blood flows into healthier leg veins, restoring effective blood circulation to the heart, and the diseased vein is eventually absorbed by the body.

VenaSeal is a minimally invasive procedure that concludes within 30 minutes without downtime. It’s painless, safe, and causes little-to-no discomfort. However, its relative newness means it’s not yet covered by all insurance plans.

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#4. Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive treatment that addresses the superficial varicose veins left after the primary vein treatment. As such, it’s primarily considered a cosmetic treatment.

The vein doctor creates multiple small incisions on the skin’s surface to physically extract the superficial varicose veins. The primary vein treatments mentioned above treat the underlying vein disease, but not necessarily the superficial symptoms. Ambulatory phlebectomy removes the visible varicose veins to restore your legs’ cosmetic appearance.

Ambulatory phlebectomy concludes within 30 minutes, though the specific time depends on the number of varicose veins. It’s not covered by insurance plans because it’s a cosmetic treatment that only improves how your legs look.

#5. Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a time-tested treatment for spider veins, i.e., the thin clusters of blood vessels visible just under the skin’s surface. It only treats the visible spider veins without addressing the underlying vein disease, making it a cosmetic treatment.

The vein doctor injects an FDA-approved solution called sclerosant into the spider veins to fuse their vein walls. The medication seals the spider veins’ walls, essentially turning them into scar tissues that eventually get metabolized by the body, fading away from the skin’s surface. You might need multiple sessions for optimal results.

Sclerotherapy concludes within 30 minutes, depending on the number of spider veins. It doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort. And it’s not officially covered by insurance plans, but you might receive some coverage if it’s accompanied by a varicose vein treatment for underlying vein disease. Please discuss your vein treatment options with your doctor.

Recovery & Aftercare

You must follow some simple recovery and aftercare guidelines after the varicose vein treatment to ensure optimal results. You need to encourage blood circulation to the heart by making the following adjustments to your lifestyle:

 

  • Wear compression stockings regularly to prevent blood accumulation in the leg veins.
  • Walk frequently and avoid sitting or standing still for long periods.
  • Run, swim, cycle, or perform other exercises that activate your calf muscles and blood circulation.
  • Elevate your legs above your heart’s level while sitting.

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Dr. Jung focuses on spider and varicose vein removal by implementing minimally-invasive vein treatments such as sclerotharpy, radiofrequency ablation, clarivein & VenaSeal.

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