Wilmington Vein Treatment Services
In the past, vein stripping was the treatment of choice for varicose veins. This vein surgery procedure is still sometimes the best approach, but there are also a range of non-surgical treatments now available Alternatives include EVLT, sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomy. Dr. Ellis Tinsley and his staff will explain the procedures to you and make a recommendation.
EVLT®, or endovenous laser treatment, is currently the most popular choice for physicians who treat varicose veins. Often called the “gold standard” in vein treatment, EVLT features an extremely high success rate (around 98%). It usually takes less than an hour and is performed in the clinic. EVLT uses targeted leaser energy to shrink the walls of varicose veins, causing them to eventually seal themselves off. Blood flow naturally redirects itself to healthy veins, and the damaged vein is reabsorbed by the body. Patients experience very little (if any) discomfort and are able to return almost immediately to a normal activity level.
Wilmington-area patients with spider veins are likely to benefit from sclerotherapy, the best treatment for spider veins. In some cases, sclerotherapy can also be used to treat varicose veins. In sclerotherapy, a chemical (“sclerosing”) agent is injected through a tiny needle into the vein. The chemical results in the corrosion of the vein, which can then be easily reabsorbed by the body while redirecting blood to other veins.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
Spider veins are often typified by their visibility very close to the surface of the skin, but in the case of slightly deeper veins, sclerotherapy can be used in conjunction with ultrasound technology to locate and target the affected veins before beginning the injection of the sclerosing agent.
Varicose veins that are large and close to the surface of the skin benefit from a treatment called ambulatory phlebectomy. This procedure, which can be done along or in conjunction with EVLT, involves an incision in the skin through which a tiny hook is inserted. The damaged veins are then extracted with the hook through the small incision. Ambulatory phlebectomy is done with the use of a local anesthesia, and compression bandages are usually recommended for two weeks afterwards to promote healing.
As a leading vein surgeon working in conjunction with a top-notch staff at one of the Wilmington area’s best vein clinics, Dr. Tinsley can help you to identify the best treatment for your vein problems. If you are a patient in Wilmington, Jacksonville, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Sunset Beach, Isle Beach, Southport, Hampstead, Alabash, Oak Island, Bolivia, Kure Beach, Longwood, Supply, Maple Hill, Shallotte, Ash, Castle Hayne, Atkinson, Burgaw, Leland, Willard, Currie, Rocky Point, Winnabow, Wallace, Rose Hill, Tabor City, Popsil Beach, Emerald Isle, Loris, SC, Conway, SC, Myrtle Beach, or Little River, SC, call today to schedule a free consultation.
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