Cardiovascular Institute of the South provides diagnosis and treatment of venous disease with minimally-invasive procedures, resulting in less pain and quicker recovery.
Venous insufficiency refers to dilated and distended veins with incompetent valves and defective walls that result in stasis changes and reverse flow of venous blood to the extremity. This can cause distended, tortuous, protrusive superficial veins, lower extremity edema, discoloration, skin changes, ulceration, phlebitis, clot formation and potential hemorrhage.
Look for these symptoms of venous insufficiency:
Varicose Veins – Distended, tortuous, protrusive superficial veins that can eventuate in discomfort, phlebitis, ulceration and potential hemorrhage.
Spider/Reticular Veins – Small, blue or green superficial veins that do not normally cause discomfort, but can potentially hemorrhage. These veins are usually treated for cosmetic purposes.
Swelling or heaviness in legs
Leg pain or cramping
Discoloration of skin
Dry or weeping eczema
This diagnostic scan shows how blood moves through the veins, and it measures the size and structure of the veins. While you are lying down, a technician passes a probe over the legs, and the sound waves create pictures that reveal any leakages.
This computed tomography angiogram (CTA) scan uses dye and x-rays to determine central venous stenosis and diagnose deep vein thrombosis. It can also determine if a vein problem is a blood clot or another type of blockage. A diagnosis is confirmed in the cath lab before treatment.
In this minimally-invasive procedure, radiofrequency energy applies heat to the vein wall through a thin catheter to close off the vein.
This is similar to RF ablation in that a thin catheter is inserted into a vein but instead uses a laser fiber to heat the vein wall. This light energy is delivered to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, and this method has proved effective and safe.
CIS physicians are among the first to use this advanced technology which utilizes a medical adhesive for closure of veins. This is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, and non-sclerosant procedure where adhesive is delivered endovenously to close the vein. This unique approach eliminates the risk of nerve injury, eliminates multiple needle sticks and bruising.
CIS offers this treatment for both cosmetic and medical purposes. It is effective for the treatment of spider and varicose veins. Medication is injected into the affected veins, causing them to shrink. Most patients receive a series of treatments.
This procedure involves removal of varicose veins through small punctures or incisions in the skin. Even large veins are able to be removed through this method.