An Overview of Treatments Offered at Vein Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque
Endovenous Laser Ablation (laser energy) delivers heat to varicose vein walls resulting in closure of these veins avoiding a need for incisions and stripping. These techniques are designed to treat varicosities involving the saphenous veins in the thigh or calf. They can each be combined with Ambulatory Phlebectomy (Microphlebectomy) to remove bulging veins through micro incisions.
Endovenous Chemical Ablation: This office-based procedure is also known as Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, and utilizes the blending of two technologies, i.e., Duplex/Doppler Ultrasound and foamed Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is the treatment of varicose veins using a solution (sclerosant) which, when injected into diseased veins, causes them to close and ultimately disappear. Indications for this procedure are patients who are not candidates for other procedures because of medical reasons or who have residual or recurrent varicose veins.
Compression Therapy: Patients with symptomatic varicose veins can be managed by wearing compression stockings as an alternative to a more definitive procedure. This is a lifetime commitment applicable to patients whose health precludes undertaking a definitive procedure or in patients who solely desire non-interventional treatment.
Sclerotherapy: This procedure is the treatment of choice for medium sized and spider veins. It utilizes an agent (sclerosant) which, when injected into the veins, causes them to ultimately disappear. This treatment is considered “cosmetic” by all insurance companies and therefore is NEVER covered, regardless of how much these veins may hurt and cause pain. Consequently, payment is expected at the time treatment is rendered. Sclerotherapy is considered to be the “gold standard” the world over.
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