Varicose veins are superficial veins that become enlarged and tortuous overtime and can be extremely swollen and tender. While many consider varicose veins a cosmetic issue, they can be a sign of a real underlying medical condition called Venous Insufficiency. Dr. Lina Vargas is the only Board-Certified female Vascular Surgeon in the Orlando area and is an expert in venous pathology. Dr. Vargas will spend time explaining your condition and successfully treat your venous insufficiency and varicose veins in the comfort of our office so you can find relief and dramatically improve your quality of life.
Veins carry blood from our organs and extremities back to the heart and lungs, sometimes against gravity. In order to prevent blood from pooling down in the legs, veins have valves that should facilitate this unidirectional flow upwards toward the heart. When these valves become damaged or weakened, blood can pool or even backflow, a condition called Venous Insufficiency.
Patients with insufficiency will often complain of pain, aching and sensation of tiredness and heaviness of the legs. Swelling of the legs is common, especially at the end of a day of standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Varicose veins that are bulging, tortuous and painful are also secondary to chronic venous insufficiency. All these symptoms negatively impact the patient’s quality of life as well as their ability to walk, exercise and even perform their jobs. In later stages and if left untreated, venous insufficiency can lead to irreversible skin and soft tissue damage as well as poor wound healing.
A thorough evaluation that may include ultrasound testing determines the extent of your venous insufficiency and the best treatment options. All of our treatments are performed in the comfort of our office under local anesthesia and require little to no downtime.
JOBST compression stockings are necessary to control and prevent swelling as well as the associated symptoms of heaviness and discomfort.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) delivers laser light energy through a catheter directly into the insufficient vein to create scar tissue, which seals the vein and redistributes blood flow.
Varithena is a treatment that involves injecting Polidocanol foam, a sclerosing agent into the vein to induce scarring and closure of the diseased vein(s). The body will absorb these veins and blood flow is redirected to healthier vessels deeper in the tissues.
Microphlebectomy is the removal of superficial varicose veins through very tiny incisions that do not require stitches. Veins are flexible, and as such, long segments of tortuous veins can be removed through such small incisions with minimal complications. Microphlebectomy can be done in conjunction with other treatments that address the root of the problem.
Your treatment choice determines how quickly you’ll experience results. Compression stockings will not address the diseased vein valves but will aid with symptoms. Following ablation with laser or Varithena patients can expect a significant improvement of symptoms within 1-2 weeks and will continue to monitor progressive improvement over the next few weeks to months. Microphlebectomy results are immediate as the veins are removed but require some time to heal.
None of these treatments results in significant downtime. You may resume your normal activities after sclerotherapy and EVLT, while you may need a few days to rest after microphlebectomy.
*Individual Results May Vary
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