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Large, bulging veins close to the skin's surface are often found in the lower legs and feet and are called varicose. Because we walk, stand and run on our feet, veins in our lower legs and feet receive quite a bit of blood pressure.
Varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic concern since they impede blood flow and hinder the return of oxygen-depleted blood from the lower legs and back to the heart and lungs. The usual cause for this is damaged valves within the veins that allow backward blood flow and pooling of blood resulting in enlarged veins. Untreated veins can lead to serious medical conditions with associated pain, inflammation and discoloration. Ambulatory phlebectomy-small incisions or needle punctures are used to extract the problematic veins with a phlebectomy hook. A hook is inserted into a micro-incision in the leg. A section of the vein is hooked and then removed through the incision. With this procedure, a compression bandage is worn for two weeks. This minimizes swelling and discomfort and allows for proper healing.
About Vein Center of Louisiana
Established in 1992, the Vein Center of Louisiana was the first clinic in the state dedicated to the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. Although Dr. Ingram had practiced vascularsurgery since 1979, new advances in thetreatment of venousdisease developed inEurope prompted him to study them andbeamong the first in this country to offer theseservices here. In 1992, he was the first in Louisiana to perform the Ambulatory Phlebectomyprocedure for varicose veins using the sutureless European microsurgery technique. In 2001, Dr. Ingram was the first in Louisiana to perform the Endovenous Ablation procedures for varicose veins, both the RF Closure device and the Laser. The Vein Center of Louisiana has also been on the cutting edge in the cosmetic treatment of unattractive spider veins using both the latest technology (laser) and the latest techniques (foam sclerotherapy) as well as traditional sclerotherapy. Many physicians from around the country have visited the Vein Center to learn various techniques from Dr. Ingram, including specialists in the fields of plastic surgery, heart surgery, vascular surgery, dermatology, general surgery, anesthesiology and OB-Gyn.
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