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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are among the most common medical conditions affecting over 80,000,000 people. They are responsible for pain, swelling, skin redness, brown to gray skin staining on the legs and ulcerations. Other complications are superficial blood clots and occasionally bleeding.

What causes varicose Veins?

The cause of varicose veins begins with a hereditary predisposition to develop reflux. Reflux is when small valves within the vein do not function and allow blood to flow backward into the leg resulting in pain, swelling, aching, and burning sensation. In the worse situation ulcers, inflammation, or thrombosis (superficial blood clot) can occur. Sometimes your vein problem involves reflux in the Greater Saphenous vein, which runs on the inside of your leg or the Lesser Saphenous vein, which runs on the back of the calf to the knee.

Varicose Vein Treatment

Treatment of varicose veins allows veins without reflux to function better and carry blood out of the leg. In the past, treatment of these veins could only be done by traditional stripping and ligation procedures. NOW, we can utilize the laser to close the vein through a small puncture or mini incision. This will allow you to recover more quickly and with less discomfort!

Treatment for varicose veins have advanced dramatically. Dr. Flanagan uses only state-of-the-art, proven therapies in treating veins. These include laser closure ( ELAS) of large veins, injection therapy and minimally invasive surgical treatments. These can be performed in the office under local anesthesia with little or no discomfort.

Dr. Flanagan uses a state-of-the-art laser to close down problem veins right in the office. The treatment area is anesthetized with local anesthesia and then safe, effective laser energy is delivered into the vein wall causing it to collapse and seal shut. Once the abnormal vein is sealed, normal veins take over and redirect the blood flow. Best of all, this procedure requires no stitches and offers minimal or no scarring. Patients can walk out of the office after treatment and resume activities in just a few days.

How does ELAS work?

The laser is introduced into the Saphenous vein by a small puncture under the guidance of ultrasound. With the laser in place, the light energy of the laser stops the vein from working. Now the normal veins in the leg can function without blood leaking back down the leg through the incompetent Saphenous vein. This is all done in the comfort of the office under a local anesthetic.

ELAS The laser is introduced into the Saphenous vein by a small puncture under the guidance of ultrasound.

With the laser in place, the light energy of the laser stops the vein from functioning. Now the normal veins in the leg can function without blood leaking back down the leg through the incompetent Saphenous vein. This is all done in the comfort of the office under a local anesthetic.

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