Venous Therapies

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Cranberry Township, PA

Varicose veins affect about 50% of men and women age 50 and older. Varicose veins can be unsightly, painful, and lower your self-confidence when you’re legs are exposed, but you can change that. Our team of experts treats varicose veins using traditional and innovative venous therapies, to make the veins fade and disappear. Call Vascular Access Center of Pittsburgh, located in Cranberry Township, to learn more or book an appointment online.

Venous Therapies Q & A

Vascular Access Centers

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are noticeable, dark, or swollen veins that sit just underneath the skin. These veins often appear on the legs and are caused by damaged one-way vein valves that create blood pooling.

Varicose veins are often treated for cosmetic reasons but can also be painful. This vascular condition may be caused by pregnancy, sitting or standing for prolonged periods (like at work), obesity, and older age. Complications of varicose veins may include ulcers, bleeding, and blood clots.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Because these veins are much more visible than typical, healthy veins, you notice symptoms of varicose veins almost immediately:

  • Enlarged red, blue, or purple-colored veins
  • Cord-like veins that look bulging or twisted
  • Painful veins in the legs
  • Itching near the site of the veins
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding from veins
  • Cramping, burning or throbbing in the legs

 

Even if the appearance of varicose veins doesn’t bother you, it’s still important to consult a vascular specialist, because these veins could be a sign of more serious vascular conditions.

What’s venous therapy?

Venous therapies are treatments that make varicose veins fade and disappear. The team of doctors at Vascular Access Center of Pittsburg recommends the type of venous therapy that best meets your needs based on preference and the severity of the condition. Your treatment plan is likely to include one or more of the following:

Compression stockings

Compression stockings put pressure on varicose veins to help muscles and veins in your legs move blood more efficiently. Your vascular specialist may recommend over-the-counter or prescription-strength stockings as a first treatment approach because this option is noninvasive.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy gets rid of small- or medium-sized varicose veins. During the procedure, your doctor injects veins with a solution that scars and closes varicose veins, making them fade over time. No anesthesia is required during sclerotherapy.

Endovenous ablation

Endovenous ablation uses catheter-assisted radiofrequency or laser energy. During the procedure, a specialist inserts a catheter (a thin tube) into large veins and heats them up. This process collapses, destroys, and seals the varicose veins shut.

Phlebectomy

During a phlebectomy, your vascular physician removes small varicose veins using tiny skin punctures. First, they numb the target areas with local anesthesia. Then, they remove the veins. Scarring from a phlebectomy is minimal.

What deep venous issues do you treat?

Vascular Access Centers provides comprehensive treatment for Nonthrombotic Iliac Vein Lesions (NIVL) in Chronic Venous Disease (CVD), as well as May-Thurner Syndrome.

May-Thurner Syndrome, also known as iliac vein compression syndrome, is a rare condition in which compression of the venous outflow of the left lower extremity may cause discomfort, swelling, pain, or blood clots (known as deep venous thrombosis) in the iliofemoral vein. In this case, an Intravascular Ultrasound would help to place an iliac stent in the iliofemoral vein to correct the compression and open up the vessel and improve pain and swelling.

With proper treatment and over time, varicose veins fade or disappear entirely. When you’re ready to get rid of unsightly veins, reduce pain, and gain confidence, call Vascular Access Center of Pittsburg to book an appointment.

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