Elegant new technologies have almost completely replaced conventional treatments and the need for large incisions.
Surface sclerotherapy is considered the most effective treatment for removing unwanted and unsightly veins. From the small purple spider veins to the largest varicose veins, sclerotherapy is a procedure in which a solution is directed into the vein with minimal discomfort. The injected solution causes the vein to close and the body to naturally absorb it. Patients can usually return to work the same day as treatment.
The procedure is performed in our clinic in sessions that last approximately 20 minutes. The number of sessions required will depend on the amount and the extent of vein present. Slight bruising and some discoloration may occur, but usually resolves within a few weeks.
Ultrasound Guided Foamed Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Foamed Sclerotherapy uses the same injection techniques as regular sclerotherapy with additional guidance by an ultrasound machine. This is used for treatment of deeper veins that cannot be seen on the surface of the skin.
The newest techniques in treating varicose veins involve catheter-directed therapies. A small catheter is used to heat the inside of the vein and allow the vein to collapse; the body then absorbs the vein. These techniques eradicate varicose veins of the leg without incisions.
Catheter-based procedures are done with local anesthesia in our clinic. With each procedure, normal activities can usually be resumed the following day. Dr. Pittman is the first provider in Oregon to offer this technique.