Minimally invasive vein closure is the gold standard treatment for individuals suffering from swelling, pain, and other symptoms of venous insufficiency.
Effective - vein closure reliably relieves pain and swelling, and helps the leg heal from venous insufficiency
Clinically Proven - vein closure is supported by several clinical studies and nearly two decades of practice
Quick Procedure - the vein closure procedure usually takes about 45 minutes from start to finish
Immediate Recovery - return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure
Interventional and Vascular Care is an experienced provider of minimally invasive vein treatment. Find relief with a vein specialist in Dallas, Texas!
Vein Closure Procedure: a small tube called a catheter is inserted into the vein of the leg and positioned along the length of the diseased vein. Thermal energy, a chemical agent, or a glue-like substance are applied to the inside of the vein, causing the vein to close down, and allowing blood to flow through nearby health veins.
Vein Treatment Dallas TX
Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment For Venous Insufficiency
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Vein Treatment Specialist in Dallas, TX
Dr. Aaron Fritts, MD
Interventional & Vascular Specialist
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a board-certified Vascular & Interventional Radiologist that specializes in minimally invasive vein treatment for venous insufficiency in Dallas, TX. Dr. Fritts is well-versed in vascular conditions, and has found his passion in providing minimally invasive treatment for individuals suffering from venous disease. He was recently selected as a SuperDoctors Rising Star and has been voted one of D-Magazine's best doctors in Dallas.
How Does Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment Work?
Minimally invasive vein treatment works by delivering thermal energy (thermal vein closure), a chemical agent (sclerotherapy), or a glue-like substance (VenaSeal) to the inside of the vein via a small tube called a catheter. While there are subtle differences between these different modes of treatment, they provide a similar end result.
Venous insufficiency develops when blood flow is seriously impaired in the veins of the legs. As vein disease progresses, the veins lose their ability to facilitate healthy blood flow, and blood pools in the veins causing them to stretch and swell. This phenomenon is usually visible in the form of bulging varicose veins on the surface of the leg, and leads to swelling, pain, and skin changes. The goal of minimally invasive vein treatment is to shut down varicose veins, which then allows blood to flow through nearby healthy veins. With healthy blood flow restored, the symptoms of venous insufficiency are relieved and the leg is allowed to heal.
A catheter device is inserted into the diseased vein through a single puncture in the leg.
Therapy is applied to the inside of the vein. Therapy is either thermal energy, a special chemical, or a glue-like substance.
The vein is closed down and replaced with fibrotic tissue when thermal vein closure or sclerotherapy are used; or is sealed shut when VenaSeal is used.
How Does Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment Compare to Other Options?
Minimally invasive vein treatment is more effective than conservative management. Compression stockings are usually prescribed as a conservative, first-line therapy for venous insufficiency. While stockings can help relieve symptoms of vein disease by improving blood flow, they do not address the underlying vein problems involved in venous insufficiency. Many patients have trouble staying compliant with their stocking prescription, which can render them ineffective. On the other hand, minimally invasive vein treatment attacks the source of venous insufficiency by treating the veins directly.
Minimally invasive vein treatment is safer than vein stripping surgery. Unlike surgery, vein closure does not require any major incisions or surgical cutting. For this reason, minimally invasive vein treatment involves much less procedural trauma and is safer than surgery. This was conclusively demonstrated in the EVOLVeS clinical study in 2003, which showed that individuals treated with minimally invasive thermal vein closure had significantly lower complication rates and faster recovery time than individuals treated with vein stripping.
What to Expect When You Get Vein Treatment
Your visit to Interventional and Vascular Care will begin with a review of your medical history followed by a physical exam. Together, these activities take about 30 minutes. If you have varicose veins, other outward signs of venous insufficiency, or leg symptoms that are characteristic of vein disease, we’ll perform an ultrasound imaging study to determine the location and extent of your vein disease.
The ultrasound evaluation allows us to determine a treatment plan that will best address your venous insufficiency. The ultrasound exam can take up to 60 minutes depending on the extent and complexity of your vein disease. Following the ultrasound exam, our Vein Specialists will share their findings and discuss your treatment options with you, after which you’ll be scheduled to return for your procedure.
The Vein Closure Procedure
The procedure itself is performed right here at Interventional and Vascular Care. The procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes depending on your treatment plan and the extent of your venous insufficiency. There are very few limitations to your normal activities after the procedure, and most patients are encouraged to walk and resume their daily activities immediately afterwards. Following vein treatment, you will likely be prescribed compression stockings to wear day and night on the treated leg(s) for the next 3 to 5 days. Compression stockings help to ensure permanent vein closure.
We’ll ask you back for follow-up evaluations 4 weeks after your procedure to check on the status of your veins and provide additional treatment if necessary.
Is Vein Treatment Right for Me?
Minimally invasive vein treatment is the standard of care for venous insufficiency, and has clear advantages over more conservative and more surgical approaches.
A Vein Specialist at Interventional and Vascular Care can help you evaluate your options and decide if minimally invasive vein treatment is right for you!
Will my insurance cover my vein treatment?
Treatment for symptomatic vein disease (disease involving pain, swelling, or other symptoms that directly impact quality of life) is covered by Medicare and most other insurance providers. On the other hand, treatment for cosmetic reasons without other symptoms of vein disease is typically not covered by insurance.
Is vein treatment painful?
Local numbing medication and tumescent anesthesia (when appropriate) are used to minimize painful sensation throughout the vein closure procedure. The majority of patients report very little or no discomfort during or after minimally invasive vein treatment. If you experience intolerable discomfort during your treatment or are anxious about how the treatment will feel, medications are available to make you more comfortable during the procedure.
How long will it take me to recover from my vein treatment?
Except for strenuous physical activities, patients can resume most of their normal activities immediately following minimally invasive vein treatment. Patients are encouraged to walk after their procedure, and are typically able to drive home or back to work on their own.
How long does it take to see results from vein treatment?
Most patients report an immediate improvement in their pain symptoms following vein treatment, but visible changes to the leg can take 1 to 3 months to heal and return to normal.
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