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Vein Treatments

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Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, and More

Left untreated, varicose veins can cause pain, tiredness, or heaviness in the legs. In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to swollen ankles and skin discoloration and ulceration.

At Connecticut Image Guided Surgery, we are your vein experts. As the President of the American College of Phlebology, Dr. Rosenblatt is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease and has pioneered several vein treatments. We diagnose varicose veins by asking about symptoms, work and lifestyle habits, and family history of varicose veins or blood clotting problems. Our physicians perform an examination of the legs, paying close attention to the texture and color of any prominent veins. A tourniquet of direct hand pressure may be used to observe how a person's veins fill with blood. Our physicians may also perform a duplex ultrasound, which allows us to visualize vein structure and assess the flow of blood through the veins.

The word "varicose" refers to a vein that is unnaturally and permanently distended. Vein walls or vein valves near the skin can become damaged from natural stretching or weakening because of the pressure of the blood flowing through the veins. Varicose veins often appear through the skin on a person's legs as blue, bulging and twisted veins; in some cases the veins may be raised or stand out on the surface of the skin.

Spider veins, so called because they look similar to a spider or spider web, are a milder variation of varicose veins. Venules (tiny blood vessels) near the skin's surface may become permanently dilated because of the pressure of blood inside leg veins.

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Endovascular Laser Ablation and Endovenous Radiofrequency AblationEndovascular Laser Ablation and Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation

Both endovascular laser ablation and endovenous radiofrequency ablation are minimally invasive treatments. In endovascular laser ablation, an optical fiber is inserted into a varicose vein. The fiber shines a laser light into the interior of the vein, which causes the vein to contract. In endovenous radiofrequency ablation, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a refluxing or backwards-flowing vein to seal it shut using radiofrequency. In both treatments, blood is then re-routed into normal, healthy veins alleviating reflux symptoms. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like ligation and vein stripping, these treatments are less invasive and result in less pain and quicker recovery time.

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In sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. Over time, the vein closes and is reabsorbed in response to the irritation. The blood from the closed vein is routed to properly working veins, restoring correct circulation and improving overall appearance.

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Performed alone or in conjunction with vein ablation, this technique uses special hooks to remove the veins. The incisions are so small that they can be closed with adhesive strips.

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The embolization technique simply uses a thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, to introduce a substance into a blood vessel to cause a clot and permanently block off that blood vessel. This can be done without staples or stitches, and with only mild sedation. Several types of embolic substance, including sclerosants, small beads, or metal coils, are used to block flow to the malformation.

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Superficial and Deep Vein Clot/Thrombosis Management and TreatmentSuperficial and Deep Vein Clot/Thrombosis Management and Treatment

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to the development of blood clots in deep veins, usually in the pelvis, thigh, and calf, which return blood to the heart and lungs. These clots occur when the body's blood clotting system becomes unbalanced.

Many people who experience DVT once never have another episode. Others have recurrent clotting episodes. One complication of DVT, post-thrombotic syndrome, causes swelling, tenderness, and pain. More dangerously, deep vein thrombosis can result in a pulmonary embolism, in which a clot breaks free and lodges in the lungs, obstructing blood flow and causing heart and lung collapse. A large pulmonary embolism can cause death within hours.

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IVC Filter Insertions and RemovalsIVC Filter Insertions and Removals

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters or umbrellas are designed to trap blood clots traveling from the leg veins to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). They may be temporary or permanent. In a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure, the filter is placed through a catheter into the IVC, a large vein in the abdomen. Temporary IVC filters can be removed when there is no longer a risk of blood clot fragments traveling to the lungs. During the removal procedure, a special catheter is used to take hold of the filter and withdraw it from the body.

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