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 CRL Surgical Associates
At CRL Surgical Associates, Dr. Lewis Owens, MD, FACS and Dr. John Ligush, MD, FACS offer their care and expertise as Charlottesville varicose veins doctors. Treating patients that suffer from venous dysfunction which results in painful and unsightly veins on the legs and other areas of the body is their specialty. With the latest varicose and spider veins care, there are a number of technological advancements which allow the body to heal in record time. Minimally invasive treatment mean that although there may be an anesthetic used, there is no need to involve surgery. Some procedure may require an incision to get a catheter or laser into the vein but this is only a minor and minimal incision. At this Charlottesville varicose veins clinic, treatments allow patients to get back to their every day activities without much inpatient treatment.
Since most treatments are considered outpatient, it is important to note that the average treatment session takes under an hour and patients are then released to get back to their day. Side effects are minimal and Dr. Owens and Dr. Ligush are able to treat patients in effective ways that were not formerly possible. Sclerotherapy and laser vein removal are two of the most popular treatment options, as well as treatments which remove painful varicose veins that have become dangerous to the overall cardiovascular system. With the CRL Surgical Associates Charlottesville varicose veins clinic, treating venous dysfunction is made simple and easy.