Bassett Healthcare Network's team of vascular surgeons are board certified to treat patients with medical and cosmetic issues involving their venous system, varicose veins. Veins are the venous system that returns blood back to the heart through the process of valves in our veins. Venous health can be affected by other conditions, such as lifestyle habits, diabetes, smoking, and age, which causes venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a chronic condition where improper functioning of the vein valves causes swelling and skin changes. Capillaries, the smallest vessel within the venous system, can also be affected – causing spider veins.
The conditions listed below are among the many that are treated by our expert team of board certified vascular surgeons, and do not always require a procedure in the operating room, but can be performed in the outpatient setting as well. Spider vein treatments are done in a clinic room setting.
If you have any of the conditions below, talk to your primary care practitioner about scheduling an appointment with a vascular surgeon to discuss all of your treatment options.
Venous Conditions & Treatments
Spider veins very small blood vessels just below the surface of the skin that become damaged and form web-like, blue, purple, or red veins. Spider veins can be treated by sclerotherapy.
Varicose veins are the bulging, sometimes painful or bleeding, veins occuring when the vein walls weaken and valves don't close properly, resulting in the blood moving the wrong way on its way back to the heart. Vericose veins can be treated by:
- Endovenous Ablation
- Ligation with stripping
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition where damaged leg veins don't carry blood properly and cause swelling, skin changes, and ulcers. CVI can be treated by:
- Compression wraps, stockings, and other garments
- Elevation of legs
- Procedures to remove problem vein
Acute Thrombosis is a condition where slow moving blood causes a blood clot to form in a deep vein, over time causing a blockage. Where as these are generally managed by the primary care practitioner with medical treatment and blood thinners, the vascular surgeon can provide treatments, such as:
- Thrombolytic therapy
- Placement of a inferior vena cava filter
- Removal of the thrombis from the vein