A top medical center shares some tips on choosing the best spider vein doctor.
Almost everyone has spider veins – tiny, unsightly purplish streaks under the surface of the skin. So you are not alone in wanting to get rid of them, but who can you entrust this process to? The following points will help you decide if your vein specialist is one of the best spider vein doctors who offer treatment.
Your spider vein doctor is clear about which procedure is used in the treatment of spider veins
Most reputed vein specialists advise one single procedure for spider vein treatment – sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy has proven to be the most effective, and safest procedure for treating spider veins. This procedure involves injecting a medicated solution, called sclerosant, into the spider vein. The solution irritates the walls lining of your veins, causing them to become sticky, and eventually fuse together. This stops blood from flowing through these defective veins. Over time, the non-functional veins get digested by the body, and disappear completely from view. A single injection of sclerotherapy can lead toalmost 80% improvement in the appearance of spider veins.
Some doctors may offer laser treatment for spider veins in preference to sclerotherapy, as this is a less technique-sensitive procedure, that does not require special training. However, laser treatment is not as effective as sclerotherapy, and you will require multiple sessions in order to achieve the same results. Always choose a spider vein doctor who offers sclerotherapy as the first choice of treatment for spider veins of the legs.
Your spider vein doctor is aware of vein stripping complications and avoids this procedure
Traditionally, varicose veins and spider veins were treated by simply removing the entire defective vein. This procedure, called vein stripping, involved hospital admission and invasive surgery. Vein stripping has several postoperative complications, including pain, swelling and prolonged recovery time. On the other hand, minimally invasive procedures that are available for treating varicose veins and spider veins today are painless and require no recovery time. They are usually performed in the outpatient setting, and the procedure takes around 30 minutes.
There are still some vein centers that offer vein stripping as a primary treatment option. You should ensure that your spider vein doctor favors minimally invasive procedures over extensive procedures such as vein stripping.
Your spider vein doctor takes the time to give you a varicose vein consultation
A large proportion of people with spider veins also suffer from varicose veins, or related vein conditions. In fact, both spider veins and varicose veins stem from another vein condition, called chronic venous insufficiency.
Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition where the leg veins do not transport blood back to the heart efficiently. As a result, blood pools in the legs, causing increased pressure in the blood vessels. This causes the veins to expand and bulge, and this becomes visible externally as varicose veins and spider veins. Treating only spider veins without treating the underlying venous insufficiency is not really effective; Your spider veins will recur. So it is always best to get tested for vein disease before you proceed with spider vein treatment.
VTC – providing advanced vein care through the best spider vein doctors across the nation
The Vein Treatment Clinic offers advanced treatment for varicose and spider veins at the hands of the best vein specialists across the country. VTC sources doctors based solely on their merit, experience and skill. All our vein specialists are Ivy league trained, board certified physicians, and have had special training in the diagnosis and management of vein disease.
Our vein specialists follow evidence based protocols to manage vein conditions, and they keep updating their knowledge and skills through periodic training. The vein doctors at VTC have pioneered minimally invasive vein treatment procedures. Skilled at even the latest cutting edge techniques, they offer training to vein doctors around the world.
When you visit a vein doctor at VTC for spider vein treatment, you will be screened for underlying vein disease. The vein doctor may ask you if you have had certain symptoms of vein disease. These include swollen ankles at the end of the day, heaviness and aching in the feet, throbbing pain in your legs, or generalized fatigue. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is quite likely that you have underlying venous insufficiency. The vein doctor will also run an ultrasound – this is a medical imaging scan that allows the doctor to assess how the blood is flowing through your leg veins. Depending on whether or not you have underlying vein disease, the vein doctor will put together a customized treatment plan for you. In addition to sclerotherapy, this may include one or more of the following procedures:
- Radiofrequency Ablation: The skin over the varicose vein is numbed, and a radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the vein. The heat from the catheter scars and destroys the vein from within.
- Venaseal: This does not even require skin anesthesia or incisions. Medical grade glue is injected into your varicose vein, which seals it off.
- Clarivein: One of the latest cutting edge techniques, this involves implanting a tiny, rotating device into your vein. The device disperses a medicated solution, called sclerosant all through the vein. This irritates the vein, causing it to become sticky and seal off from within.
- Varithena: Medicated foam is injected directly into your veins instead of sclerosant. This covers a wider area and can be used for larger spider veins, and residual varicose veins.
If you have any queries regarding spider vein treatment, do contact one of our vein specialists.You can call 855-386-0195, or book an appointment online.
Meet our Vein Specialists
Dr. Namrata Khimani
Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.
If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.
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