Venous Therapies

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Landover, MD & Brandywine, MD

Varicose veins are blue and purple veins that can cause leg pain and fatigue. The experts at Vascular Access Centers in Landover and Brandywine, Maryland treat dysfunctional varicose veins with minimally invasive venous therapies such as endovenous ablation and phlebectomy. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about your options to restore your vascular health and the appearance of your legs.

Venous Therapies Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the blue or purple bulging veins that form on your legs. They’re caused by venous insufficiency, where weak or damaged valves in your veins allow blood to leak backward — a condition known as reflux — and pool in part of a vein instead of flowing efficiently back toward your heart.

What kinds of problems do varicose veins cause?

In addition to the unattractive marks on your legs, varicose veins cause several other disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Leg pain, cramping, and fatigue
  • Burning, itching, or restless sensations
  • Leg swelling, also known as edema
  • Skin rashes like eczema
  • Skin discoloration

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you can use compression stockings and elevate your legs for relief. However, you should also contact the team at Vascular Access Centers for a full diagnosis and potential treatment, especially if your symptoms are disrupting your regular activities or sleep.

How do vascular specialists treat varicose veins?

If you have uncomfortable symptoms or want to restore the look of your legs, the specialists at Vascular Access Centers offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive therapies. You can improve your varicose veins with:

  • Compression stockings: increases comfort
  • Intravascular ultrasound with a stent: improves a rare condition called iliac vein compression syndrome
  • Endovenous ablation: removes damaged varicose veins with lasers or radiofrequency energy
  • Phlebectomy: surgically removes varicose veins through small incisions

What is endovenous ablation?

Endovenous ablation is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that uses laser or radiofrequency energy to heat and seal varicose veins. At Vascular Access Centers, the team offers FDA-approved laser and radiofrequency ablation options to treat varicose veins.

After numbing your leg with a local anesthetic, your doctor uses ultrasound imaging to guide a catheter to your varicose vein through a small incision in your skin.

Once the catheter is in place, your doctor turns on either the laser or radiofrequency energy. The heat causes the varicose vein to close and seal behind the catheter as your doctor withdraws it from the vein.  

When your varicose vein is closed, not only does your body absorb the vein tissue, but also your blood is forced to find a more efficient route back to your heart through a healthy vein.

What is phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove varicose veins. It’s commonly performed using a small scalpel or needle to remove veins from just beneath the surface of your skin.

Your physician cleans your skin around the incision site and applies a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.

Then your physician makes a small incision in your leg. They use a small hook that looks like a crochet hook with a blunt tip to detach the vein and remove it from your leg.

Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure performed right in the office at Vascular Access Centers and usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

Do you treat deep venous issues?

Vascular Access Centers provides comprehensive treatment for Nonthrombotic Iliac Vein Lesions (NIVL) in Chronic Venous Disease (CVD), as well as May-Thurner Syndrome.

May-Thurner Syndrome, also known as iliac vein compression syndrome, is a rare condition in which compression of the venous outflow of the left lower extremity may cause discomfort, swelling, pain, or blood clots (known as deep venous thrombosis) in the iliofemoral vein. In this case, an Intravascular Ultrasound would help to place an iliac stent in the iliofemoral vein to correct the compression and open up the vessel and improve pain and swelling. 

You don’t have to live with ugly, dysfunctional varicose veins. Call Vascular Access Centers or schedule a varicose vein consultation online today.

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