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The Gift of Great Legs

Megan talks about her vein stripping procedure to help solve her varicose vein condition

Pamper Yourself for the Holidays

Uneasy about going to an indoor hotel pool with spider veins or varicose veins? Planning a cruise or winter getaway? Or are you experiencing leg pain caused by your occupation? Now’s the perfect time to arrange for a consultation at VeinSolutions. Our team of experienced surgeons will assess your individual needs and provide you affordable treatment options.

How do varicose veins develop?

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins, most often found in the legs. When your veins are working properly, their valves pump blood from the limbs back to the heart. When these valves fail or leak, some of the blood stretches the vein wall, causing varicose veins to appear on the surface of your skin. The condition can become worse if you stand or sit for long periods of time. Common risk factors include heredity, pregnancy, occupation, obesity and trauma.

While most people don’t develop adverse symptoms as a result of varicose veins, they can be unsightly and can be removed for cosmetic reasons. Some people experience aching, throbbing, and discomfort. On occasion, however, serious health issues may develop requiring medical attention such as venous leg ulcers, skin discolorations or blood clots.

Varicose vein surgery

If you have large varicose veins, surgery may be the best option. However, it will not prevent new varicose veins from forming. Outpatient surgery is most often performed in a hospital or surgery center.

Your surgery will be tailored to your needs. Varicose veins may be tied off or removed, allowing blood to flow through the healthy veins.

Doctors evaluate each patient's condition and tailor a treatment plan that addresses the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. Your treatment could include one or more of the following:

Minimally Invasive Vein Ablation (MIVA)

Forget the long, painful recoveries and large scars you may have associated with traditional vein stripping surgeries in the past. Not only is MIVA cosmetically pleasing, it is performed on an outpatient basis and is covered by most insurance plans. Our physicians are meticulous about achieving optimal results, and their goal is to get you back on your feet quickly and pain free.

Radio Frequency Ablation (VNUS Closure)

The VNUS Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis by using radiofrequency (RF) energy applied to the inside walls of the refluxing vein(s). As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn through the damaged vein, the vein wall heats up, causing the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Patients who undergo the VNUS Closure procedure often resume normal activities quickly with excellent cosmetic and therapeutic results.

Microstab Phlebectomy

MIVA and VNUS Closure treat the source of the problem by removing or closing the refluxing (non-working) veins. However, for patients who would also like to improve the appearance of their legs, Microstab Phlebectomies are an excellent option. This procedure is done together with MIVA or VNUS Closure and removes the unsightly bulging veins on the surface of the legs.

Sclerotherapy

This treatment is most often performed to eliminate spider veins. With sclerotherapy, the physician injects an FDA-approved solution into the problem vein with a very fine needle, causing the vein wall to become sticky. Following the injections, the patient wears prescription-grade compression hose for a few days, gluing the vein walls together. The body then breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, causing it to disappear over time. The procedure is relatively painless, and you are able to resume many daily activities immediately.

VeinGogh

VeinGogh uses low energy radiofrequency to treat leg or facial spider veins that are too small to be treated with sclerotherapy. Radiofrequency is delivered through a very fine needle tip that is applied to the skin overlying a small spider vein. The fine needle barely penetrates the skin, damages the spider vein and causes it to scar and close.

Give yourself a little something extra this holiday season – say goodbye to spider and varicose veins! Learn more at VeinSolutionsMN.com.To schedule an appointment today, call 952-831-8346.

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