We offer the most effective minimally-invasive treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, and other unsightly vascular imperfections. View any of the following procedures for more information.
Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging, superficial veins in which blood flow is slowed, and sometimes even reversed. Normal veins have two important functions for the body: 1) to return blood to the heart and 2) to buffer the volume of blood in the vascular system. When veins become diseased or deformed, they no longer function normally.
Varicose veins can cause pain, heaviness, swelling, aching, burning, tingling and itching. They often produce leg discomfort or restlessness at night. When severe, they can lead to rashes, ankle discoloration, phlebitis, bleeding, and leg ulcers. If left untreated, they may also increase the risk for blood clots in the leg. Varicose veins can also create a general feeling of fatigue. Their appearance may be cosmetically unappealing and result in lifestyle restrictions, such as avoidance of shorts or bathing suits.
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, and they tend to be closer to the surface of your skin. They often appear as “spiderwebs” with short, jagged lines on the legs and face. They may cover either a very small or very large area of skin.
Our treatment recommendations are based on a thorough clinical examination that includes an ultrasound evaluation.
Sclerotherapy is a highly effective procedure producing excellent results for patients who wish to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.During a sclerotherapy treatment, a sclerosing solution is injected into the veins. This solution causes an irritation to the inner lining of the vein. As a result, the vein begins to shrink, and eventually dissolve over a period of weeks. Most people who undergo Sclerotherapy experience very positive results.
EVLT uses a minimally invasive endovenous laser for significant varicose veins offering immediate relief with minimal-to-no scarring. It is clinically indicated for treatment of the superficial Great and Small saphenous veins.
EVLT is an outpatient procedure that involves ultrasound waves to identify the source of major varicose veins. It requires no general anesthesia and offers minimal risk and shorter recovery time. The procedure can take between 45 to 90 minutes to perform and patients have been known to return to work the same day.
The treatment uses laser energy to damage the vein walls, shrinking and thus closing the damaged vein so blood may no longer flow through it. The resultant improvement in limb circulation will in effect cause improvement of the symptoms of fatigue and heaviness in the leg.
Microphlebectomy is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted veins. Although ELVT and sclerotherapy remain the most popular vein treatments, microphlebectomy is useful for removing intermediate and large veins on the body. If the veins are too large to treat with sclerotherapy, or too small to remove with a laser, then Dr. Feledy may recommend microphlebectomy.
Dr. Feledy may also recommend microphlebectomy in cases where vein biopsy is indicated, or in areas where sclerotherapy is known to be less effective or safe (near the eye, for example).