Over 40% of Americans suffer from venous disorders. In some cases, these disorders can become a serious health threat. Many patients complain of pain, a burning sensation, aching, itching, throbbing or ankle swelling in addition to an embarrassing or unsightly appearance. Although exercise, weight loss, elevation and use of compression stockings may alleviate some symptoms, these new treatment options will significantly improve the health of your venous disorder patients and eliminate the need for long-term compression therapy.
We currently offer the following treatment options in our office, using the latest technical advances in vein care:
- EVLT (EndoVenous Laser Treatment)
- RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation)
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Please note – most insurers will require that a patient have a trial of medical grade compression stocking wear before they will approve any interventional procedures for vein disease (unless the patient has open ulcers or bleeding). These stockings need to be at least 20-30 mm Hg compression, which will require a prescription. If you are referring a patient for evaluation and treatment of varicose veins, if the patient has good arterial circulation, and if you are comfortable doing so, I suggest that you provide your patient with a prescription for stockings. That way, by the time they are seen in the Vein and Laser Center, we will know if the stockings have made any significant improvement in symptoms. Knee high stockings are OK if the varicose veins are mainly in the calves, but thigh high are preferable if the varicose veins extend above the knee. If the patient needs vein procedures, we will recommend thigh high stockings, so the patient may prefer to begin with those.