The old methods
Vein treatment options have changed in recent times. For nearly a century, vein ligation and stripping was used to treat varicose veins. This is an invasive procedure, done in a hospital setting with many large incisions requiring stitches, which leads to:
• Hospital stay
• Extended recovery time
• Increased risk of infection
• Increased risk of recurrent varicose veins
New vein treatment options
Today, minimally invasive vein treatments are used by most physicians. We use both radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and VenaSeal at INOVIA® Vein Specialty Center. These are catheter based procedures using heat or adhesive, respectively, to seal the veins closed. Benefits of these procedures include:
• Outpatient setting
• Minimal recovery time
• Minimal scarring
• Lower recurrence rates of varicose veins
Here are varicose veins on the back of the calf.
Here is a graphic of how vein ablation works. The large blue part of the image is the vein, the catheter is inserted, and closes the vein as it’s retracted.
The best way to find out the optimal options for you is to see a vein doctor for an evaluation. They will take your history, examine your veins, may order a vascular ultrasound, and can map out treatment options for you to consider.
At Inovia® Vein Specialty Clinics, we offer the latest techniques in the treatment of varicose veins. All of our surgeons stay current on the latest research so we can offer our patients the best varicose vein treatments available.
We perform all of these new treatments at Inovia® Vein Specialty Centers. We are currently scheduling patients in our Central Oregon clinic at The Center next to St. Charles Medical Center (for patients from Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, La Pine, Baker City, Burns, and John Day) and scheduling patients for our newest clinic opening October 1, 2018, at Bridgeport Village in Portland, Oregon (for patients from Tigard, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Sherwood, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Clackamas, Sunnyside, and Milwaukie).