Fox Valley Vein Centers
Venous and Lymphatic Medicine located in Sandwich, Yorkville, and Plainfield, IL
Varicose veins can cause pain, ulcers, and other complications if they’re not treated. Even if you simply don’t like their appearance and have no other symptoms, James Hawkins, DO, at Fox Valley Vein Centers in Sandwich, Yorkville, and Aurora, Illinois, can treat your veins using advanced vein treatments like sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation. For more information about vein treatments, call Fox Valley Vein Centers, or book an appointment online today.
Vein Treatment Q&A
What is vein treatment?
Vein treatment is a way to treat various complications involving the blood vessels that return deoxygenated blood back to your heart: your veins. Vein problems are somewhat common because veins must work against gravity. They have valves inside of them to carry your blood upward, but the valves can become weak or damaged with time.
With weak or damaged valves, you may develop spider veins or varicose veins. You can see spider veins and varicose veins on the surface of your skin.
Spider veins are typically small and delicate, while varicose veins are enlarged and bulging. You can also develop varicose veins if the nearby muscles are too weak to force your blood upward or if you have a blood clot impeding blood flow.
How do I know if I need vein treatment?
If you see spider veins or varicose veins on your legs, vein treatment may or may not be necessary. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to undergo treatment for your vein problems, and your provider at Fox Valley Vein Centers can help you make the right choice. They might tell you to consider vein treatment if your vein problems come with:
- Soreness or pain
- Skin color or texture changes
Even if you have varicose veins without these symptoms, you might wish to explore vein treatments because of the way they look. Large varicose veins can look unsightly and be difficult to hide under your clothes. Furthermore, they might feel itchy or get caught on your clothes, causing even more discomfort.
Which type of vein treatment do I need?
Fox Valley Vein Centers is proud to provide several effective, minimally invasive options for vein treatment. After your consultation, your provider may give you a diagnostic ultrasound to measure the circulation in your legs before helping you choose the right treatment. They might recommend:
Sclerotherapy is a great option to treat small spider veins. During the treatment, your provider injects a solution directly into the vein using a very fine needle. In the weeks after your treatment, the vein’s walls become irritated, and the vein closes.
Endovenous laser treatment
Your provider might recommend endovenous laser ablation if you have varicose veins. They use the VenaCure EVLT® system to deliver laser energy to your varicose veins using a laser fiber through a catheter. The laser energy heats the vein and causes it to constrict, close, and shrink.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure to remove varicose veins that remain after other treatments. After you receive local anesthesia, your provider makes a small incision and pulls the vein out using a tiny hook. The incision is small enough that it may not leave a scar.
To explore your vein treatment options further, book a consultation by phone or online at Fox Valley Vein Centers today.