Monthly Archives: June 2010

Radiofrequency Closure Technique

So, how is Radiofrequency Closure performed and what makes it different from other techniques? With Dr. Merchant’s FDA-approved Radiofrequency ablation procedure, patients have a quicker return to normal activities and less pain, bruising and discomfort during recovery compared to the outdated vein stripping and ligation or endovenous laser procedures.

Prior to the procedure, the doctor will use ultrasonography to map all areas that are going to be treated and make entry marks on the skin. The area is prepared, draped and a superficial local anesthetic is applied. Local anesthetic solution is infused into the area around your vein. The ClosureFast catheter is inserted through a small puncture or incision into the vein. When the radiofrequency is activated, the catheter core temperature rises rapidly to about 120ºC and is sustained for about 15 seconds. The radio frequency energy heats the wall of varicose veins, causing them to collapse and seal shut. The patient is back to near normal activities by the next day.

The doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic are the only physicians dedicated solely to the treatment and correction of vein disorders. The facility was the first west of the Mississippi to perform Radiofrequency Closure. The doctors have refined the techniques over the last 10 years so the procedure can be performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis under IV sedation at the on-site State Licensed and AAAHC accredited surgery center. For more information please visit our website or call us at (775) 329-3100.

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Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Nobody wants varicose veins, but factors like genetics and weight can increase the likelihood of developing this vascular disease. Varicose and spider veins can occur in both men and women of any age, but most frequently, they affect women.

Pregnancy is one of the major cause of varicose veins in women. An expectant mother has a huge increase of blood in her body that causes veins to enlarge. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, premenstruation or menopause can also be a factor. Women who take hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase your risk of varicose veins. There is an even higher chance of developing varicose veins if the mother has already given birth to one or more children.

Additionally, men and women who are between 30 and 70 years old have an increased risk of developing varicose veins. As you age, normal wear and tear can cause the valves in your veins to malfunction and allow blood to flow back into your veins.

Genetics can also play a role in causing varicose veins. If you have family members who suffered from vein problems, you are more likely to develop varicose veins as well. Also, there is an increased chance of developing varicose or spider veins if you are born with weak vein valves.

Maintaining a healthy weight can help to prevent the development of varicose veins. Added weight from obesity puts extra pressure on your veins and can weaken them over time.

People who stand for a long period of time have an increased risk of developing varicose veins. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you are in the same position for an extended period. If you’ve injured your leg in the past, this can also affect blood flow and vein health.

Varicose veins can usually be diagnosed with a simple consultation, and our doctors can assist you in planning prevention and treatment of varicose veins.

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Treating Spider Veins

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they’re much smaller. They’re often red or blue and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can often be found on the legs and face and can cover just a small area or a larger area of skin. Although spider veins are not usually symptomatic, the deeper feeder veins in the skin can cause discomfort.

The doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic offer a spider vein treatment program called Sclerotherapy. It usually takes 2 to 4 treatments done six weeks apart for the Sclerotherapy to be completely effective. Each treatment takes less than an hour and is non-operative. During this procedure, the doctors treat both the surface spider veins and the feeders that actually cause them by using a very small needle that is inserted into the vein and inject an FDA approved solution called Sotradecol. Keep in mind that Sclerotherapy is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not generally covered by insurance plans.

If you have questions about Sclerotherapy or would like to make a free consultation appointment, please call (775) 329-3100.

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