If your legs look like this and you’re suffering from aching leg pain, a sensation of heavy legs, swelling, restless legs at night, itchy skin on your legs and an intolerance to standing and walking, you most likely have a vein disorder called chronic venous insufficiency – a problem that left untreated, will progress to more spider veins and varicose vein development, thickened discolored skin, dermatitis, and put you at risk for blood clots and serious leg ulcers that fail to heal.
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Many vein centers are operated by physicians who are not cardiovascular surgeons and vein treatment specialists. They may be board certified in other specialties such as internal medicine, plastic surgery or dermatology and their practice is generally limited to aesthetic treatments only. Patients are not evaluated or treated in these centers for underlying venous disease. There is no insurance reimbursement for aesthetic vein procedures. Aesthetic spider vein and varicose veins procedures will not prevent the progression of venous disease and development of new veins in other parts of the legs. [/toggle]
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Only vein specialists will provide both aesthetic and medical-surgical treatments for diseases of the veins. This begins with a diagnostic screening exam to determine the pathology in need of correction.
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A vein screening exam including a history, physical and ultrasound are critical for determining the presence and exact location of venous incompetence in superficial and deep vein systems. Only through this type of evaluation can a proper treatment plan be determined for producing an effective result.
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There is a tremendous variation in the treatments and techniques used by vein specialists for varicose veins, venous leg ulcers and other chronic venous insufficiency disorders. Some vascular surgeons rely on antiquated vein stripping for varicose veins – a painful procedure performed under general anesthesia in the hospital, and associated with severe bruising, an extensive recovery time and a high incidence of varicose vein recurrence. A procedure called SEPS or Subfascial Endoscopic Perforator Surgery for venous perforator disease and venous ulcers is associated with a 96% cure rate. Unfortunately, it must also be performed in the hospital under general anesthesia with its own risks of complications and additional healthcare costs. Most vein specialists are not trained in the use of state-of-the-art Laser Ablation for the treatment of incompetent venous perforators and saphenous veins. These cutting edge procedures can be performed in the office using local anesthesia and are associated with a 99% success rate and virtually no complications.
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The SEPS procedure and laser ablation for incompetent perforator and saphenous veins are the only procedures associated with a 96% or better cure rate. SEPS however, presents disadvantages including convenience, costs, a longer recovery time and risks associated with general anesthesia. Laser ablation in the office via a single needle stick under local anesthesia is the only surgical intervention associated with a 96-99% cure rate, a rapid recovery and no post operative complications.
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All traditional vein treatment procedures for eliminating perforator and saphenous vein pathology are performed in the hospital under general anesthesia. State-of-the-art laser ablation is the only procedure that can be performed in the office with local anesthesia and allows the patient to walk immediately after their minimally invasive surgery.
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Out-dated vein stripping is associated with weeks of recovery time and healing from painful extensive bruising. SEPS procedures offer a much shorter recovery time with less pain in the post-operative period. Perforator and saphenous laser ablation are the only vein treatment procedures that cure underlying disease with virtually no pain and recovery in just a few days.
Vein Specialists of Arizona is one of a handful of vein treatment centers nationwide offering state-of-the-art virtually painless laser ablation procedures in the office – procedures that are safe, effective, comfortable and allow you to resume usual activities in just a few days. Best of all, these procedures permanently eliminate your venous insufficiency and all of its related symptoms.