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Love Your Legs

Love Your Legs

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,” emphasizes 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 performed at 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.