We are often asked what sort of Oregon varicose vein treatment options are available. The good news is that nearly all modern vein treatments are available in Oregon. This not only includes the Portland, Oregon, metro area, but also in other parts of the state. Traditionally vein treatments were offered by either surgeons, who performed old school techniques such as vein stripping for patients with large varicose veins, or dermatologists or others who performed sclerotherapy for smaller veins like spider veins. However few clinics offered all the treatments in one setting which left a gap for patients with large vein issues who later needed small vein treatment, or the other way around.
Evolving Vein Treatments Require a New Approach
With the advent of techniques such as endovenous ablation of the saphenous veins these treatments transitioned from hospital and surgery center operating rooms to the office setting. This includes the Closurefast RFA technique. In 2006 we started a specialized vein clinic where we brought all these techniques into one setting. This need for t his was facilitated by the development of modern tumescent anesthesia techniques that made it possible to treat the veins with the patient awake in an outpatient setting under a local anesthetic. Further, techniques such as ambulatory phlebectomy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy evolved to better allow these treatments to be done in an office setting. Now patients can have treatments in less than an hour, and usually recover with no down time. This means after a little rest the evening after the procedure, most patients can go back to their same activities the next day.
In recent years newer techniques have developed where this can be done without the need for tumescent anesthesia. These are the so called NTNT, or non thermal, non tumescent techniques. This includes Venaseal. Venaseal is a medical grade adhesive that can be applied to to treat the veins causing the varicose veins without the need for injections for tumescent anesthesia. This means fewer pin pricks for local anesthetic administration, which also translates into less bruising. Venaseal is now covered by Medicare and increasingly, by some but not all insurance plans for patients that otherwise meet their coverage policies.
Inovia Vein’s Approach to Oregon Vein Treatment Options
At Inovia Vein Specialty Centers we offer all of these techniques in the outpatient office setting. At our clinics vein care is all we do. This means our team can be very up to date with the latest techniques, and how to help you optimally manage your vein care journey from first visit through completion. Patients often ask if these vein treatments are covered by insurance. The answer is often yes. This depends on what symptoms the patient is having related to their vein issues, and more specifically, on their exact insurance coverage policy. We can help patients sort this out.
Which Vein Treatment Treatment is Best?
This is a common question. The answer is it depends on the patient, their symptoms and pattern of varicose veins, as well as their insurance plan coverage policies. We attempt to offer as many options as possible, as well as affordable cash pay options when not covered by insurance. There is data from clinical trials we can use to help guide patients, a lot of which we participated in as researchers. At the end of the day, or goal is to help the patient choose what is right for them in a personalized approach to vein care.
About Inovia Vein Specialty Centers
At Inovia Vein Specialty Centers we are Oregon’s leading vein doctors who specialize in caring for patients with venous disorders such as varicose veins, deep venous thrombosis, and venous stasis ulcers. Founded in 2006, we have specialty vein clinics in NW Portland, Tigard, Happy Valley or Bend, Oregon where you can go to learn more about your treatment options.