Our board-certified vascular surgeons focus on innovation and surgical expertise. We offer patients advanced non-invasive solutions for varicose and spider vein treatment (the cosmetic symptoms often associated with venous disease), as well as more complex vascular surgery.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and often look like a sunburst or “spider web.” They are red or blue in color and are commonly found on the face and legs, just under the surface of the skin.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple-twisted, knot-like cords. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found on the legs.
Diagnosing Spider and Varicose Veins
The first step to determine if venous reflux is present is to have a venous duplex. This test uses ultrasound and sends high frequency sound waves that are reflected from the moving red blood cells. A receiver processes these signals and constructs an image of your veins. The test is safe and painless. The vascular technician will put some gel and a probe over your veins at various locations on your legs.
Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment Options
Treating varicose veins is a multi-step process often consisting of a combination of procedures.
Minimally-invasive Varicose Vein procedures that we offer include:
- VNUS Closure®
This technique utilizes radio frequency to seal shut the vein by inserting a thin, flexible catheter into the poorly functioning vein. This procedure is clinically proven to cause less pain and bruising than laser or surgical treatments.
Small veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, when the vein is injected with a detergent-type agent, rerouting blood to healthier veins.
Larger veins may also be treated with micro-phlebectomy, when varicose veins are removed through tiny skin punctures done on an outpatient basis, using small incisions that do not require stitches.
For More Information
If you have questions about vascular medicine speak to your doctor about Danbury Hospital.
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