Did you know that more than 80 million Americans suffer from vein problems such as spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in deep veins)? If left untreated, vein problems can lead to more serious health concerns.
For some, spider veins and varicose veins are simply unsightly and embarrassing. For others, they can cause pain, fatigue, itching, burning, throbbing, and swelling in the legs.
Deep vein thrombosis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition that could result in a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or even death.
Endovenous Ablation for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are twisted veins that become enlarged with blood, causing the veins to appear superficially on the skin and causing a host of unwanted symptoms like heaviness and numbness in the affected areas. Varicose veins most commonly affect the veins in the legs. Spider veins, a more mild and common form of varicose veins, can also appear on the legs, but pose more of a cosmetic problem for our patients.
Whether you have cosmetic or medical concerns with the veins in your legs, Dr. Singh can help. He specializes in endovenous ablation, a minimally invasive, office-based treatment for varicose veins.
Using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Singh inserts a small laser fiber or radiofrequency electrode through a needle into the varicose vein. Heat generated by radiofrequency or laser energy seals off the faulty veins and reroutes blood flow to nearby healthy veins. The procedure only takes a few minutes and results are immediate. Endovenous ablation is safe and practically painless, with very little risk of complications and almost no downtime required. You can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment!
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Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition in which a blood clot is formed in the deep veins, especially in the legs. Patients with deep vein thrombosis may notice their legs feeling heavy or numb, similar to the way they may feel with varicose veins, but without the superficial markings of varicose or spider veins. If left untreated, DVT has the potential to be fatal, which is why we urge our patients to seek treatment with our board-certified vein specialists as soon as possible.
Treatment for DVT depends on the severity of your condition. Deep vein thrombosis may be treated with blood thinning medications called anticoagulants or clot busting medications termed thrombolytic therapy. In some cases, clots may need to be removed with a catheter or surgery.
People who cannot tolerate or do not respond to anticoagulants may have a permanent filter inserted in their vein. The filter prevents large embolisms from entering the lungs, but it does not stop blood clots from developing. The doctor may also prescribe compression stockings to help prevent DVT. At Marion Heart Associates and Marion Internal Medicine Associates, we can provide you with specially fit compression stockings right in our office, so you do not have to make another trip elsewhere to pick them up.
Visit our patient education library to learn more about deep vein thrombosis.