Venous Therapies

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN

Varicose veins affect around 25% of all adults, the majority of whom are women. Varicose veins can be ugly, painful, and cause complications, if left untreated. Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis, offer a variety of venous therapies to help treat this condition, including endovenous ablation and phlebectomy. For expert attention for your varicose veins, call or book your appointment online today at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis.

Venous Therapies Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a condition of the blood vessels, most often of the legs, that results in bulging, swollen, unsightly, and often uncomfortable veins. This can be a simple cosmetic concern or can be very painful, depending on the severity.

Healthy vessels have valves that keep blood moving in one direction. With varicose veins, these one-way valves do not function properly and allow a backflow of blood. This backflow puts increased pressure on the vessel, and can cause:

  • Dark purple or blue veins
  • Twisted, bulging, cord-like veins
  • Pain and tenderness of the veins
  • Fatigue and heaviness
  • Burning and itching
  • Cramping or restless legs
  • Swelling
  • Ulcers

 

Varicose veins can be much more than just a cosmetic inconvenience. If you have these symptoms, speak with our team at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis.

How are varicose veins treated?

For the treatment of your varicose veins, we may initially take a conservative approach. These suggestions will help promote healthy blood flow:

  • Compression stockings, which promote circulation
  • Weight loss counseling
  • Elevation of legs
  • Avoidance of standing or walking for long periods

 

If your varicose veins do not respond well to these treatments, Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis offers two advanced approaches: endovenous ablation and ambulatory phlebectomy.

What is endovenous ablation?

Endovenous ablation, which uses either a laser or radiofrequency waves, treats varicose veins by collapsing and sealing the affected vein shut. Your body will reroute blood flow through healthy veins.

Benefits of endovenous ablation:

  • Minimally invasive
  • No stitches or incisions
  • Little recovery time
  • Safe and effective
  • Immediately effective

 

Especially when both types of endovenous ablation - radiofrequency and laser - are combined, this technology is very effective for the treatment of your varicose veins.

What is ambulatory phlebectomy?

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a treatment for varicose veins that involves your doctor targeting and removing non-functioning vessels using tiny incisions. Your blood will reroute to other vessels near the site.

Benefits of ambulatory phlebectomy:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Local anesthetic only
  • Short treatment time (30-60 minutes)
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Immediate results

 

Both endovenous ablation and phlebectomy treatments help to fix varicose veins. The vascular experts at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis help return your veins to their best health possible.

What is 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. 

If you would like to explore your options for treatment of varicose veins, call or book your appointment online today.

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