Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose Veins

Whether you simply want to improve the appearance of your legs, remedy varicose veins or both, Radiology Associates of Hartford is uniquely staffed and equipped to provide you with the most advanced, minimally invasive outpatient services. Choose RAH for your vein services and receive:

Symptoms of varicose veins and venous insufficiency include: itchiness, aching, heaviness, exercise intolerance, Restless Leg Syndrome, leg pain and/or swelling.

Some patients with varicose veins have subtle and gradual symptoms and may not complain of pain at all. After treatment, however, they are surprised to realize how much chronic discomfort they accepted as normal.

Untreated symptoms may lead to more serious problems. Over time, complaints may progress to rashes, discoloration, phlebitis, ulceration and bleeding.

Methods of Treatment

At Radiology Associates of Hartford, our board-certified physician, Dr. Freling or Dr. Stohr will:

  • Thoroughly evaluate your condition
  • Discuss the details of your situation so you feel comfortable
  • Present you with a course of action that works best for you

Compression Therapy

The most conservative management for venous disease is wearing prescription strength, thigh-high compression stockings. A new generation of stylish compression socks and hosiery has been created to appeal to a broader consumer base. Compression products are available for men and women.

By compressing the limb with graduated compression – strong at the ankle and decreasing going up the leg – the compression stocking helps the venous return, decreases venous pressure, prevents venous stasis and deterioration of venous walls, and efficiently relieves aching and heavy legs.

Note: Most insurance companies require patients to wear prescription strength stockings for one to six months before considering coverage for vein treatment.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a safe, non-surgical procedure which has evolved over the past 20 years. Sclerotherapy is still largely preferred over laser for eliminating large spider veins and smaller varicose leg veins. Modern techniques now include use of ultrasound guidance with injection therapy.

Procedure: Under ultrasound guidance and using a very fine needle, a sclerosing solution is injected into the unwanted vein causing the target vein to immediately shrink, and then dissolve. Over a period of a few weeks, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein.

Unlike a laser, the sclerosant solution additionally closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that cause are causing the spider veins to form. This helps prevent spider veins in the treated area from returning.

Post Treatment:

  • Reasonable activities may be resumed the day of treatment
  • Walking is encouraged during this time
  • No baths, hot tubs, or heavy lifting are allowed for one week
  • Compression stocking(s) must be worn for two weeks after treatment, during the day, but can be removed at night for sleeping

How many treatments will you need?

Follow-up visits are scheduled to evaluate the efficacy of the procedures and to answer any question or concerns that you may have. The timing and frequency of follow-up visits will be determined by your personal vein treatment plan and desired results.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Our radiologists are specialized in EVLT services. EVLT is FDA approved, and is the leading laser treatment for varicose veins. The procedure can take less than an hour, and is minimally invasive. You will experience immediate relief of symptoms and can return to normal activity with little or no pain. The treatment is performed in our Glastonbury and Avon outpatient centers.

98% of first-time EVLT treatments are successful.

During the Vein Treatment visit:

  • Personal vein treatment goals are established
  • The radiologist uses ultrasound to map out the vein
  • Local anesthetic is applied
  • A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee
  • Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein
  • Loss of the vein is not a problem. After treatment the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to the many normal veins in the leg

Post Treatment:

  • Reasonable activities may be resumed the day of treatment
  • Walking is encouraged during this time
  • No baths, hot tubs, or heavy lifting are allowed for one week
  • Compression stocking(s) must be worn for two weeks after treatment during the day, but can be removed at night for sleeping

Complications and risks from EVLT services

  • A small number of patients may experience quickly passing numbness. Please make your physician aware of any numbness.
  • As a precaution, you will be given a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes against incidental firing of laser energy outside the body.

To schedule a consultation for vein treatment at Radiology Associates of Hartford, please choose our Avon or Glastonbury location.

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