Atlanta Vein Treatment Services
In years past, vein surgery – in the form of a procedure called vein stripping – was the treatment of choice for varicose veins. Although vein stripping is still occasionally the best approach, medical advances in vein treatment now offer a host of other options, many of which are minimally invasive and allow patients to resume a normal activity level very soon after the procedure.
At Georgia Vein Center, we offer the best treatments available for varicose veins and spider veins, including Atlanta EVLT, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
Diagnosis typically begins with a duplex ultrasound procedure, which uses ultrasound technology to show your physician an image of the veins not visible at the surface of the skin. Dr. Poindexter can then use this image to determine the size, path and blood flow of affected veins in order to determine how to best treat them. Duplex ultrasound is painless and non-invasive.
EVLT (Endovenous laser treatment)
EVLT is one of the more recently developed treatments for varicose veins, and is heralded for its high success rate and minimal discomfort. In this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied and then laser energy is directed at the affected vein through a thin laser fiber. The laser energy damages the vein walls, causing the vein to shrink and then collapse. The body automatically redirects blood flow to healthier veins and eventually reabsorbs the damaged one. EVLT in our Atlanta office generally takes less than one hour, and patients return to normal activity levels within a few days.
For veins that are large and close to the surface, ambulatory phlebectomy is often the best approach. In this procedure, a skin incision of about 1 mm is made through which the veins are extracted. Ambulatory phlebectomy is done under local anesthesia. Patients generally wear compression bandages for two weeks afterwards to facilitate healing.
In sclerotherapy, the treatment of choice for most Atlanta patients with spider veins, a chemical agent is injected through a tiny needle into the vein. The solution causes the damaged vein to corrode, and the body reabsorbs it while blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. Sclerotherapy is minimally invasive and involves little if any pain and bruising.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy works on the same principle as normal sclerotherapy but enables this procedure to be applied to veins located far below the surface of the skin. It utilizes ultrasound imaging to locate the damaged veins, after which your physician can be sure of proper placement of the sclerotherapy needle while also monitoring the injection of sclerosant.
If you suffer from problem veins, one of these treatments is likely right for you. Patients in Atlanta or surrounding communities including North Atlanta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna, East Point, Riverdale, or Southwest Atlanta are urged to call today for a consultation.