For most people, the arrival of summer means a welcome wardrobe change
from sweaters and long pants to swimwear and shorter hemlines. But for
people with problem leg veins, summer wardrobes can feel like the enemy.
In the U.S. alone, about 55 percent of women and 45 percent of men suffer
from some type of problem vein, including varicose or spider veins.
In addition to being unsightly, vein problems also may cause other symptoms.
Spider veins can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs, including itching
or burning. Other symptoms of vein problems may include cramping, heaviness,
tiredness, swelling and tender areas around the veins.
The good news is that varicose and spider veins can be treated and, in
most cases, without surgery. Treatments such as
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)and
Sclerotherapy can help relieve symptoms, prevent complications and give you the confidence
to bare your legs!
“Individuals who experience leg pain, cramps or swelling may benefit
from EVLT even before the visible signs of varicose and spider veins exist,”
Dr. Edward Hernandez, Interventional Radiologist with North Oaks Imaging Associates.
“EVLT uses laser technology to treat varicose veins,” explains
Dr. Hernandez. ”We make a very tiny cut in the skin and insert a
thin, optical fiber into the damaged vein. The fiber is extended through
the length of the vein, and the laser light seals the vein closed. Once
the fiber is removed, the blood reroutes to the healthy veins.”
Sclerotherapy helps dissolve varicose and spider veins. This procedure
consists of medication being injected through a tiny needle into the damaged
vein to shrink it. Within a few weeks of treatment, the body naturally
absorbs the treated vein. EVLT and Sclerotherapy are outpatient procedures
North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex in Livingston in as little as 1 hour. Most patients experience minimal
to no pain or scarring and are able to return to work and regular activities
in 24 hours.
Ready to love your legs again?
Call North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex at (225) 686-4826 to
request a Venous Ultrasound and Consult with a Vein Specialist. Once your
ultrasound is completed, the Vein Specialist and Interventional Radiologist
will meet with you to review your results and recommend the best treatment
plan for your medical or cosmetic needs.