Dr. Thomas Doyle has established a well earned reputation for providing outstanding patient care, having over two decades of experience in treating vein disorders in Pittsburgh, PA. He has received numerous awards for his medical care that focuses on the comfort and well-being of his patients at Metro Vein Centers. If you are considering having your varicose veins or spider veins treated, you will likely have a few questions that need answering first.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are one of the most common conditions treated by vein doctor. A vein is a form of blood vessel tasked with transporting blood back to your heart after it has traveled throughout your body delivering oxygen and nutrients. Each vein should have a functioning one-way valve to keep blood from traveling in the wrong direction. A varicose vein is one that has a malfunctioning valve that causes blood to pool into the blood vessel, leading to its characteristic distorted function and appearance.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are a thinner version of a varicose vein that maybe only the width of a single blood cell. They are typically blue or purple in color and present a branched or spider web appearance. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins rarely cause symptoms, although their presence may prompt you to explore your treatment options for purely cosmetic reasons.
How are varicose veins treated?
There are two main types of treatments for varicose veins and spider veins: EVLT and sclerotherapy. Each procedure is quite effective at removing these types of veins.
What is the sclerotherapy procedure?
Sclerotherapy is an older varicose veins treatment involving the use of a special solution that is injected into the abnormal vein. This causes the collapse of the vein walls, destroying the vein. The destroyed vein will eventually be metabolized by your own body. The blood that used to be transported through it will be rerouted into nearby blood vessels.
What is Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)?
EVLT is a newer varicose veins technique that has the very same goal as sclerotherapy: the destruction of the varicose vein through the destruction of its walls. Rather than accomplishing this with a chemical solution like sclerotherapy, EVLT utilizes a laser to collapse the vein walls. As with sclerotherapy, any blood that was transported through the destroyed vein will be taken up by healthy blood vessels.
What will be involved with my aftercare and recovery following sclerotherapy or EVLT?
Both sclerotherapy and EVLT procedures will require you to wear a type of compression garment after your treatment. This will keep blood from returning back into the treated vein.
You will be advised to walk some daily following your varicose vein treatment to encourage healthy blood circulation in the treated area. Avoid vigorous exercise at this time or hot showers that could dilate your blood vessels.
If you are ready to say farewell to unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, please contact Dr. Thomas Doyle at Metro Vein Centers today to schedule your consultation.