Varicose veins rank among the most common conditions of all: between 33%-50% of all women are affected. The causes are genetic and/or hormonal in nature (e.g. pregnancy, oral contraceptives). People who have to spend a great deal of time standing are particularly vulnerable.
Varicose veins start out as unattractive, enlarged, tortuous blood vessels. If left untreated, they can evolve into ulceration (open wounds on the calf) and cause major pain.
Varicose veins should be tested via duplex sonography to determine which kind of treatment is necessary.
We have different therapeutic approaches available at our office
- Laser removal of spider veins (using an Nd:YAG laser)
- Obliterating spider veins (using ethoxysclerol, a sclerosing agent)
We work with a vascular surgeon to offer the following surgical options
(as an in- or out-patient basis using local anesthetic)
- Phlebectomy (operation to remove varicose veins)
- The Chiva method (minimally invasive procedure)
- Crossectomy of the great saphenous vein