Each year, hundreds of patients who have varicose veins are treated at Heart and Vascular Consultants (HVC) clinics.
HVC clinics physicians are skilled in the medical and surgical management of varicose veins.
The HVC clinics provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options suited to the needs of each patient.
Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the tissues and organs. healthy veins carry deoxygenated blood from tissues back to the heart and lungs.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. Sometimes, the valves become damaged or diseased and can no longer close properly. As a result, blood can leak back through the valve and pool in the lower leg veins.
This can lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
CVI a Progressive Medical Condition
Signs and symptoms of CVI vary. Some patients may have symptoms but few to no visible signs of CVI.
Common Signs and Symptoms in The Lower Legs include:
Varicose veins or proder veins
Heaviness, aching, tightness or fatigue
Discomfort, pain or swelling
Restlessness or cramping
Numbness or itching
Skin texture or color changes
Ulcer or poor healing wound
Without treatment, signs and symptoms may worsen.
Family history of CVI
Age over 50
Long periods of standing or sitting
Services and Treatments
At the Heart and Vascular Consultants clinics, the duplex ultrasound evaluation is the standard diagnostic test for varicose veins.
The ultrasound test helps physicians identify the most appropriate treatment options for each patient. the treatment is individualized and based on the severity of the varicose veins and the patient's physical condition.
The HVC clinics offer treatment options ranging from traditional vein stripping to newer minimally invasive treatments such as endovenous thermal ablation.
The latest, heat-based treatment option to close diseased vwins and relieve symptoms.
Minimally invasive, outpatient procedure
Smaller catheter entry site
Doctor will insert a small catheter into the diseased vein
The catheter will deliver heat, causing the diseased vein to shrink and close
The catheter is slowly withdrawn to treat the entire diseased vein
Once treatment is completed, blood flow will naturally reroute to nearby healthy veins. your doctor will apply a bandage and may recommend compression to help the healing.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A. Most patients report feeling little to no pain during the venclose radiofrequency ablation procedure. Your doctor will give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Q. how soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
A. Most patients can notice a difference within the first 24 hours.. Symptoms may continue to improve 1-2 weeks after the procedure.
Q. When can I return to normal activities?
A. Typically, patients can resume normal activities within a few days of the procedure. for a few weeks after the procedure, your doctor may recommend a regular walking schedule and discourage strenuous activities like heavy lifting or prolonged periods of time sitting or standing.
Q. Is the venclose procedure covered by insurance?
A. Most insurance plans provide partial or full coverage for most vein conditions. Our office personnel can help in the preauthorization process with your insurance provider prior to treatment.