Procedures

Procedures

Laser Vein Surgery & Other Procedures in Saginaw, MI

If you suffer from varicose veins, leg pain, spider veins, leg swelling, chronic venous insufficiency, and other vein-related ailments, The Vein and Laser Center in Saginaw, MI can help. We offer a variety of procedures ranging from laser vein surgery to sclerotherapy and more. 

We Can Provide Relief from Spider Veins, Chronic Venous Insufficiency and More!


Conservative Management

Before any type of invasive surgical procedure, it may be possible to control earlier stages of varicose vein disease by conservative means. These include:

Weight control: Obesity has an adverse effect on the condition of venous circulation in lower extremities. The veins struggle to carry the blood up against gravity towards the heart. Varicose veins are much more common and more ominous in obese people.
Lifestyle: Avoid standing still in one place or sitting with your legs hanging down for too long. Keep your legs elevated whenever possible.
Occupation: People who stand behind a counter for many hours a day, for example barbers, hair stylists, cashiers and bank tellers, are at risk for varicose veins disease with serious complications.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy affects the condition of venous circulation in the legs adversely and in many different ways. Pregnant women, especially those with varicose veins, need special care and appropriate support for their legs.
Elastic compression stockings: Generally, people have a negative attitude towards compression stockings. In our experience a majority of patients, after wearing these stockings for a little while, feel very comfortable with them because their legs feel so much better. A variety of styles are now made with consideration of their appearance and comfort. This is a palliative measure often required by your insurance carrier for a period of up to six months, before definite treatment of your venous disorder can be undertaken. 


Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is performed for the treatment of large, bulging varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. With radiofrequency ablation, no surgery is required, and the entire procedure can be performed in about an hour.

Under local anesthesia, with ultrasound guidance, a small catheter is inserted into either the great or the small saphenous vein; the radiofrequency device (ClosureFast®) is threaded through the catheter into the vein and radiofrequency energy is delivered to the vein, causing it to close. 

When the procedure is finished, gauze pads will be placed over the site and a compression hose will be worn for three to four weeks. After the procedure, individuals are able to walk and able to return to work or resume usual activities the next day.



Endovenous Laser Therapy

Endovenous Laser Therapy is also performed for the treatment of large, bulging varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. With Endovenous Laser Therapy, no surgery is required, and the entire procedure can be performed in about an hour.
Under local anesthesia, with the assistance of ultrasound, a small catheter is inserted into the great saphenous vein (a large vein in the inner thigh); a thin laser fiber is threaded into the catheter and laser energy is delivered through the fiber into the vein, causing the vein to close. 

When the procedure is finished, gauze pads will be placed over the site and a compression hose will be worn for several weeks. After the procedure, individuals are able to walk and able to return to work or resume usual activities the next day. The affected veins disappear over a few months.


Mechano-Chemical Ablation

Mechano-chemical ablation (MOCA) is performed for the treatment of venous reflux, the underlying cause of large, bulging varicose veins. With the ClariVein procedure no surgery is required, and the entire treatment can be performed in about an hour.

Under local anesthesia, with the assistance of ultrasound, a small catheter is inserted into the vein to be treated and a thin hollow tube with a rotating tip is threaded into the vein. Sclerosants are instilled through the hollow tubing. The target vein contracts and closes. The body eventually reabsorbs the non-functioning vein.

When finished a compression hose will be applied, and is to be worn during the awaking hours for about two weeks.  After the procedure, individuals are able to walk and able to return to work or resume usual activities the next day. 

» Learn more about the ClariVein procedure from clarivein.com

Injectable Foam

Polidocanol endovenous microfoam (PEM) for the treatment of large varicose vein has been updated with the introduction of the first commercially available, FDA approved, sclerosant foam preparation Varithena and is being offered by the Vein Center. Until recently sclerotherapy solutions, called sclerosants, could only be used to treat small spider veins. If they were injected into larger vessels, they would be ineffective. But when a physiologic gas is mixed with a sclerosant, a foam solution is created. When injected into a vein, it will displace blood inside the vessel, allowing direct contact between the vein wall and the sclerosant. The end result is closure of the vein and eventual absorption by the body eliminating it without incisions. It allows the closure of larger bulging varicosities, avoiding more invasive surgical procedures.

» Learn more about Varithena from varithena.com

Medical Adhesive Therapy

Cyanoacrylate closure (CAC) is performed for the treatment of venous reflux, the underlying cause of large, bulging varicose veins. With the VenaSeal procedure no surgery is required, and the entire treatment can be performed in a relative short time.

Under local anesthesia, with the assistance of ultrasound, a small catheter is inserted into the target a thin hollow tube (catheter) is threaded into the target vein and a medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate) is delivered through the catheter causing the vein walls to adhere to each other. 

This procedure does not require the infiltration of local anesthetic along the target vein path, does not used heat to seal the vein lumen and does not require the use of sclerosant solutions

After the procedure, individuals are able to walk and able to return to work or resume usual activities the next day. 

» Learn more about the VenaSeal procedure from medtronicendovenous.com

Micro-Incision Phlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins that are too large to treat with sclerotherapy and too small for laser ablation. Also known as stab phlebectomy, microphlebectomy uses tiny punctures to remove damaged veins and divert blood flow to healthy veins. This can relieve the painful symptoms and unsightly appearance associated with varicose veins. 

Microphlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia in your doctor's office. There is little to no downtime after this procedure, with most patients able to return to work and other normal activities the very same day. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for a week. After the microphlebectomy procedures, patients are usually required to wear compression garments for about a week, to help minimize leg swelling and bleeding. There are virtually no scars left after this procedure because of the tiny incisions used. 

Sclerotherapy

Visual Sclerotherapy is a standard treatment for small varicose, reticular and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a sclerosing solution through a tiny needle into the vein, which then collapses and is absorbed by the body. Treatments involve one or more injections during one or more sessions, depending on the type, number and severity of the veins being treated. By the end of the treatment program, the veins will no longer be visible on the skin surface. Sclerotherapy also often relieves symptoms associated with enlarged veins and prevents further complications from occurring.

On average, two to three sessions are required, spaced four to six weeks apart. After each session, patients may have to wear bandages or a support hose for a few days or weeks and are encouraged to walk or exercise to speed recovery. The procedure is outpatient. Bruising and swelling, if present, should fade within a week or two. 

Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy allows the physician to treat problem veins that aren't visible on the skin surface by monitoring veins on an ultrasound screen during the injection procedure. This allows for more complete treatment of your condition, the better resolution of symptoms and lesser chance of recurrence. 

Following the procedure, you will be placed in a compression dressing or stockings. We encourage you to walk or exercise to speed up recovery. Bruising and swelling are rare, but if present, should fade within a week or two.

Foam Sclerotherapy is another option being offered by the Vein Center for the treatment of varicose veins. Until recently, sclerotherapy solutions, called sclerosants, could only be used to treat small spider veins. If they were injected into larger vessels, they would be ineffective.

When air is mixed with a sclerosant, a foam solution is created. When injected into a vein, it will displace blood inside the vessel, allowing direct contact between the vein wall and the sclerosant. The end result is sealing of the vein and eventual absorption by the body, eliminating it without incisions. It allows the closure of larger bulging varicosities, avoiding more invasive surgical procedures.

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