For decade, the progressive severity of venous disease was mostly underappreciated. Patients were told that their condition was largely a cosmetic concern and not a medical problem. Hence, many had to endure their untreated symptoms, leading to a decreased quality of life. Left untreated this could lead to more serious complications such as blood clots, leg ulcers, or spontaneous venous rupture.
Fortunately, recent technology has lead to a renaissance in venous disease awareness and management. With the advent of accurate diagnosis by an ultrasound scan and the availability of minimally invasive ablation procedures, we have the ability to diagnosis and treat up to 90% of people with venous disease in an outpatient setting.
Paul Espinoza M.D.,RVT is the medical director of Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center PA. He is proficient in both the revolutionary FDA- approved VNUS Closure and CoolTouch Laser procedures for the treatment of varicose vein diseases. These are an alternative to the traditional and invasive vein stripping surgery of the past and are effective 95% - 98% of the time.
During the procedure, a tiny catheter is guided with ultrasound into the great or small saphenous vein through a tiny opening. Once in place, the catheter delivers either laser or radiofrequency energy that shrinks and seals the vein. Healthy veins around the closed veins restored the normal flow of blood. As this happens, symptoms attributed to the diseased vein improve. Veins on the surface of the skin that are connected to the treated vein will also usually shrink after treatment. When needed, any remaining diseased veins can be treated by an experienced phlebologist.