About 35% of American adults have varicose veins. If you’re one of them, varicose vein treatment can improve the appearance of your legs, while minimizing uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, and tingling. At I-Vascular Center of El Paso, vein and vascular surgeon Anwar S. Gerges, MD, and the team provide minimally invasive outpatient care to treat varicose veins. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.
Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that occur on the lower extremities like the thighs and calves. They form when your vein valves malfunction, causing blood to flow backward and pool.
In most cases, varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern, but they can also cause irritating symptoms. For some people, varicose veins also increase the risk of more serious health problems, such as deep vein thrombosis. Fortunately, with professional intervention, they’re easy to treat.
Varicose vein treatment refers to a group of procedures used to minimize, and in some cases, remove varicose veins. At i-Vascular Center, Dr. Gerges offers several varicose vein treatment options, including:
Compression stockings are a type of medical-grade hosiery designed to improve your circulation. They’re made of snug-fitting, stretchy materials that place light pressure on the veins in your legs, allowing for improved function. If you have mild varicose veins, compression stockings may significantly relieve your symptoms.
If you have small or medium-sized varicose veins, you might benefit from sclerotherapy. During a sclerotherapy appointment, Dr. Gerges injects a solution into one or several veins. The solution causes the veins to swell and collapse and your blood reroutes to healthier pathways throughout the body.
If you aren’t a candidate for sclerotherapy, you might benefit from endovenous laser ablation. During this type of vein treatment, Dr. Gerges inserts a small wire with a laser electrode into a varicose vein. After positioning the wire, he heats the electrode, which causes the vein to collapse. Afterward, your blood reroutes to healthier veins throughout the body.
If you have large superficial varicose veins near the surface of your skin, Dr. Gerges might recommend ambulatory phlebectomy. During this quick outpatient procedure, he makes small incisions near a vein and uses a small tool to carefully remove them. There are no stitches, so you can return to routine activities soon after.
The type of varicose vein treatment that will benefit you depends on your health history, the location and size of your veins, and your symptom’s effect on your quality of life. Following a comprehensive exam and a review of your medical history, Dr. Gerges can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.
Schedule a varicose vein treatment appointment at i-Vascular Center today. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office and speak with a friendly staff member.