MIIGS offers minimally invasive varicose and spider vein treatment in Alexandria, La., and surrounding areas. Varicose and spider veins affect one out of every two people age 50 and older and nearly 25% of all adults. Venous insufficiency is a very common condition that is caused by decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart and results in a pooling of blood in the lower extremities. This can cause varicose veins and/or spider veins. Varicose veins become quite uncomfortable, look unattractive and usually worsen over time.
Other symptoms include:
Nighttime leg pain
These symptoms are most common in women ages 30 to 70, and varicose and spider vein treatment usually consists of a painful surgical procedure called “vein stripping.”
Patients can now take advantage of a new, minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to eliminate both varicose and spider veins. This alternative to vein stripping is performed by an interventional radiologist — a physician who is specially trained to perform this and other minimally invasive treatments.
Unlike “vein stripping,” this procedure takes place while the patient is conscious but sedated and feeling no pain. The interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter into the vein through a small opening, delivering radiofrequency or laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood from the leg. The procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes and is considered very safe. Because it is minimally invasive and requires no large incisions, recovery time is much quicker. In fact, a patient can usually be back at home quickly and even work the following day.
MIIGS offers a variety of spider and varicose vein treatments. Contact us by submitting a form or by calling (318) 445-9700.