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 Ellison Vein Institute
Dr. Robert Ellison of Ellison Vein Institute is a highly skilled and trained Jacksonville vein doctor determined to bring the latest and most efficient treatment to patients. Patients seeking vein treatment for varicose veins or spider veins should speak to Dr. Ellison regarding their condition and possible treatment options. This Jacksonville vein doctor offers a variety of treatments so that patients may have several choices when seeking treatment. Helping patients overcome these venous conditions in the safest and most effective way possible is a top priority at this vein clinic.
Among the treatments offered by this Jacksonville vein doctor are compression stockings, endovenous laser ablation, sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy and varicose vein surgery. Patients interested in these and other treatments that may be available at this facility should speak with Dr. Ellison or a medical professional on staff. All procedures are performed using advanced equipment and proven technology to best cater to patient safety and well-being.