Our practice offers several different treatment options for varicose veins or spider veins. For larger varicose veins, our practice offers laser ablation with Venacure EVLT, ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes leg veins through tiny, slit-like incisions in the skin. We identify the source of problematic veins prior to surgery using duplex ultrasound technology. Dr. Tonnessen will perform ambulatory phlebectomy under local anesthesia so patients do not feel pain and typically patients experience little to no discomfort.
Sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of spider veins and smaller varicose veins, as well as minimizing the discomfort they can cause to patients. Sclerotherapy treatment is performed by injecting the problem vein with a sclerosing agent that irritates the vein lining, causing it to constrict and gradually be reabsorbed by the body. This redirects blood flow to other, healthier, veins located deeper beneath the surface skin.
The EVLT procedure involves inserting a thin laser fiber into the vein through a tiny entry point in the leg. This entry point is usually near the knee, but depends on the location of the varicose vein. Generally, our staff uses local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. After treatment, the body diverts blood flow to nearby functional veins, improving circulation, and significantly reducing the symptoms of varicose veins.