Varicose veins may not pose a serious health risk at first, but if they are not treated, they can develop into a major health hazard. Metro Vein Centers has offices in New Jersey where Dr. Jordan Garrison can examine and evaluate your varicose veins and recommend several treatment options. In decades past, surgery was the main treatment, but today there are several minimally invasive treatments that Metro Vein Centers provide and Dr. Jordan Garrison is your go-to physician in New Jersey.
Varicose veins form when the vein becomes weak and fails to push the blood back to the heart and lungs. After some time, the blood pools in the vein and stretches them out of shape. This is called venous insufficiency and the results are the unsightly and sometimes painful varicose veins on your legs.
Minimally Invasive Treatments
When treating varicose veins, it’s important for the vein doctor to know the exact extent of the affected vein because only part of it may show on the surface. Doppler ultrasound is used to get a functional and anatomical view of the affected vein and surrounding veins. The Doppler scan may then be used to help Dr. Garrison perform the treatment. There are two main minimally invasive treatments:
This procedure uses a chemical called a sclerosant, usually saline solution, to inject directly into the affected vein. It uses a tiny needle and leaves no incision. The chemical irritates the wall of the vein and coagulates the blood, causing the vein to close. The blood naturally flows through other healthy veins and the body gradually absorbs the destroyed vein until it disappears. Sclerotherapy is a time-tested procedure with a very high success rate.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous means inside the vein. This minimally invasive treatment achieves the same results as sclerotherapy only it uses laser light to irritate the vein wall so it collapses. A tiny incision is made, too small to require stitches, and a catheter is inserted into the affected vein along with the laser thread. Doppler scan helps Dr. Garrison effectively plan the sclerotherapy or EVLT treatment for more than one vein. Once the laser is turned on, it is pulled out gradually destroying the vein wall.
After the Treatment
The treatment may take from 15 – 30 minutes depending on the number of veins being treated and where they are on your body. After the procedure, the vein doctor may ask you to walk around for 10 or 15 minutes to help the blood flow through healthy veins. You will need to wear compression stockings for a few days to keep the pressure on the damaged vein and help healthy veins push the blood against gravity. You will be given aftercare instructions by Dr. Garrison.
How to Avoid Varicose Veins
Once your unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins are removed, other veins could develop venous insufficiency if the cause of the varicose veins is not discontinued. For example, if you sit for hours every day at a desk, you put pressure on your legs and make the heart and veins work harder to keep the blood flowing back to the heart. The same can be said for standing for hours each day. The answer is to get up and walk around about 10 minutes each hour if you sit all day, and sit with your legs raised several times throughout the day if you stand for hours.
At the Metro Vein Center in New Jersey, Dr. Jordan Garrison will evaluate your varicose veins and help you choose your best option for smooth legs again.