Procedures

Procedures for Treating Varicose and Spider Veins

At Elite Vein Specialists, we specialize in performing procedures to treat tired, heavy, achy legs, restless leg, night cramps, and varicose and spider veins, all of which are caused by venous disorders.  These procedures relieve pain and discomfort, address cosmetic concerns and improve your quality of life.  We help you get your legs back!

You can breathe easy knowing we can treat vein disease with little or no pain and discomfort to our patients. In fact, most of our patients are back at work the next day (and in some cases even the same day).

Venous insufficiency is a medical issue that affects both men and women.

Our State of The Art Services:

Radiofrequency Ablation

Superficial venous reflux disease treatment aims to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood.  Radiofrequency ablation (also known as the ClosureFast procedure) is one of several non-surgical treatments that our clinic offers for varicose veins and incompetent perforator veins. The ClosureFast procedure is performed in our office and is generally covered by insurance.

How Radiofrequency Ablation Works

Using ultrasound, your physician will position the catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin.  The small catheter delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to shrink and the vein to seal closed.  Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will reroute itself to other healthy veins.

Following the procedure, a bandage is placed over the insertion site and additional compression may be provided to aid healing.  As part of your treatment regimen and our way of ensuring you get the best results possible, you will be required to wear a compression stocking and asked to limit standing for long periods of time or participating in strenuous activities for two full weeks.

Advantages of Radiofrequency

  • Minimally invasive
  • Often covered by insurance companies when patient has been diagnosed with venous reflux disease
  • Normal activities resumed in one to two days
  • In-office outpatient procedure, meaning no hospitalization necessary
  • No scars or scratches
  • Less pain and complications than with traditional vein stripping or surgery
  • Symptoms typically improve within one to two weeks
  • Minimal bruising or swelling
  • Procedure takes an hour or less to perform

Varithena

Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system.  Varithena improves symptoms related to or caused by varicose veins, and the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

This procedure is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical and is well tolerated by most patients. You may resume most normal activities the same day as treatment.  It is also performed in the office.  Varithena requires no incisions, sedation or general anesthesia.  It does not use heat or glue and is effective to treat veins of different sizes above and below the knee.

Patients may resume most activities the same day as treatment.  Heavy exercise should be avoided for one week.  Walking is strongly encouraged for at least 10 minutes a day and patients are asked to avoid long periods of inactivity.

Most insurance carriers cover Varithena treatment.

VenaSeal™ Closure Procedure

VenaSeal™ closure system is the first FDA approved medical grade glue treatment to permanently treat venous insufficiency by sealing abnormal veins with “superglue”.  The procedure is minimally invasive, is performed in the office and is currently covered by Medicare.  Medtronic is working on obtaining a CPT code so commercial insurances will cover the procedure as well.

The VenaSeal™ procedure is highly desired because it only requires one small needle stick.  Unlike radiofrequency ablation (RFA), with VenaSeal™ there is no need for the additional injections of local anesthetic around the vein and there is no need to wear compression stockings after the procedure. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately, with no pain or bruising.

Like radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal™ is used to treat various leg symptoms such as tired, heavy achy legs, restless leg, night cramps, swelling, burning, itching, redness, skin discoloration and skin ulcers.

For more information about VenaSeal™ or to schedule your vein mapping, call our office at 912-283-2200.

View the Medtronic VenaSeal™ below to learn more about the procedure.

Phlebectomy

Phlebectomy is a procedure used typically to treat superficial (just under the skin) varicose veins. Small, microincisions are made next to the diseased varicose vein, and the vein is removed through the incision. Because these veins are so easily collapsible, even large veins can be removed through the tiny phlebectomy incisions with ease.

After your phlebectomy procedure, we gently wrap your leg(s) in a compression bandage and prescribe a compression stocking to aid in your healing process.

Advantages of Phlebectomy

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Minimally invasive
  • Takes one hour or less
  • Can usually resume normal activities in one to two days
  • No stitches required
  • Often covered by insurance companies when patient has been diagnosed with venous reflux
  • Virtually no scarring
  • Quick recovery

Compression Stockings

When people think of compression stockings, the first thing that often comes to mind are images of thick, unattractive anti-embolism stockings, similar to something you might see in a hospital setting. Thankfully, the fashion of compression hosiery has changed drastically over the years, so you can benefit from wearing these products without sacrificing your style and confidence.

At Elite Vein Specialists, we proudly a wide array of attractive, fashion-forward compression stockings. Designed with your ultimate comfort in mind, our compression stockings are:

  • Equipped with anti-microbial and odor reducing technologies
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Manufactured with latex-free fibers
  • Soft, cozy and easy to wear
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes
  • Machine washable/dryable

Compression hosiery has proven to be effective in minimizing swelling and improving circulation, which is why you are required to wear compression hosiery as part of your varicose or spider vein treatment regimen here at North Georgia Vein & Wellness. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information about our array of compression stockings.

*Compression Stockings are not covered by insurance.