What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are one of the most common conditions of venous disease in the legs. The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates that at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Statistics further show that 17% of men and 33% of women have varicose veins.
Do you have bulging, unsightly varicose veins, leg pain, heaviness or fatigue that worsens throughout the day? Some people experience restless, itchy or swollen legs as well. These may all be signs of poor vascular health…and, good vascular health is very important to your overall health.
Dr. Agha offers endovenous laser ablation, a minimally invasive laser procedure to remove unsightly, bulging varicose veins. This procedure is covered by insurance. Benefits of the laser treatment include minimal, if any, scarring, rapid relief of symptoms, and no downtime from work or play.
I want to improve the health of your legs, while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing appearance as well. I look forward to meeting you and providing superb treatment with outstanding results.
What is CoolTouch CTEV?
Are you exhibiting symptoms of chronic venous disease such as aching, burning, leg cramps and restless legs and spider veins? Left untreated these symptoms may progress to more severe symptoms such as extensive networks of telangiectasias and reticular veins, bulging varicose veins, skin discoloration, edema and ulcerations.
I offer the most innovative and patient-friendly endovenous laser ablation procedure available on the market today – the CoolTouch CTEV™. During this office-based procedure, access to the affected vein is obtained through a small needle inserted through the skin under local anesthesia. Then, under ultrasound guidance a laser fiber is inserted into the affected vein and tumescent anesthesia is used to surround the vein, providing comfort and protection of the surrounding tissue. The laser is started and the fiber is slowly withdrawn. The laser energy shrinks the affected vein, which eventually dissolves, removing the source of the varicose vein.
What is Endo Venous Laser Ablation?
EVLT is a minimally invasive option for treating great saphenous vein incompetence (leaky valves). The first stage of your surgery will involve inserting a laser fiber at the level of the knee and feeding it up the great saphenous vein (the root of your problem) under ultrasound guidance. Your leg will then be anesthetized with a local anesthetic agent. During the second stage of the treatment, the laser while firing is removed slowly; as it is removed it destroys the great saphenous vein. This will relieve the backflow pressure, which is causing your varicose veins. Following the procedure we will put you in a compression stocking which you will sleep in for one night, and then wear for the next two weeks.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive local anesthetic procedure performed in an outpatient setting. The varicose veins are teased out through a small puncture; the puncture is covered with surgical tape. This is usually performed at the time of venous ablation.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a very popular method of eliminating spider veins. A solution called a sclerosing agent is injected into the veins. This solution causes an irritation to the inner lining of the vein resulting in closure of the vein. A small gauge needle is used to perform the injections and most patients relate the discomfort to an ant bite. The majority of persons who have Sclerotherapy performed have satisfying results.
The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the problem. An average of three to four treatments is required in most cases. The treatment sessions last approximately 30minutes. During this time the front and back of both legs will be treated.
The sessions are done at four-week intervals until optimal results are obtained.
Successfully treated veins are gone, but patients with a history of spider veins tend to develop new ones. A yearly touch up is recommended.
You may return to work immediately following the treatment. You should avoid heavy impact exercising for one week. Also avoid long hot baths for one week. You can expect significant bruising for 10 days to two weeks following treatment.
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Do you need varicose vein treatment?
Call Summit Dermatology in Oakbrook Terrace, IL at (630) 282-6004 to schedule an appointment!