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Diagnostic Ultrasound - Diagnostic ultrasound is the procedure used to identify the source of your varicose or spider veins.  Ultrasound shows the directions of blood flow in the veins and identifies the location.  By obtaining an accurate mapping of the veins, your physician is then able to plan a course of treatment specific to your needs. Sclerotherapy - Sclerotherapy is commonly used for small varicose and spider veins.  This involves injecting a small volume of a liquid into the diseased vein.  The sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein to cause it to seal shut, eliminating the vein completely.  It is quickly performed in the physician's office and no anesthesia is required. Endovenous Laser Treatments - Endovenous Laser Ablation is a superior alternative to the “old” surgical stripping of malfunctioning veins.  It is the newest, most effective and least invasive procedure to treat your leg veins and generally takes less than an hour.   Using a local anesthetic, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small entry point. Laser energy is delivered to the diseased vein causing it to collapse, seal shut and eventually disappear. What are the risks?: Temporary discoloration around the treated area, Mild brusing or swelling, Tenderness which can be treated with over the counter pain medications , or Infection at the incision site. What is the recovery?: When the procedure is completed a compression stocking is used to reduce swelling and promote healing.  Patients can resume regular daily activities with only a few limitations.  The patient will return to our office within a week so that the doctor can evaluate the treatment area. Will my varicose veins come back?: Varicose veins are a chronic condition. If you have the inherited tendency, you will always be at risk of developing more.  It is possible that new varicose veins can occur.  There isn’t any treatment that can protect you against the development of new varicose veins.  If new veins do appear, they can usually be treated with minimal treatment. Reoccurence can also occur due to failure to follow instructions post-treatment.  It takes 6-8 weeks following the treatment of your veins to have high success in permanent closure.
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