Monthly Archives: October 2010

An Alternative to Vein Stripping

Varicose veins can be extremely painful and embarrassing. They can also lead to other health problems. Traditionally, vein stripping has been used to treat varicose veins, but now there are more effective, less invasive, alternative procedures.

ClosureFast, also known as RadioFrequency Closure, is an alternative procedure to vein stripping. It is a minimally invasive treatment for pain and swelling caused by varicose veins. It is an outpatient procedure and patients can generally be back to daily activities within a day. Through the ClosureFast method, there is less pain and less bruising compared to traditional out-dated vein stripping methods.

The ClosureFast procedure closes veins by heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein causes the collagen in the vein wall to shrink and the vein to close. Blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.

Some of the benefits of ClosureFast as opposed to vein stripping include being minimally invasive, reduction of postoperative recovery time and wound related complications. ClosureFast is also clinically proven to have less post-operative pain and excellent clinical outcomes that are cosmetically appealing.

For more information about the ClosureFast procedure or to set up a free consultation, call the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100.

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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-operative procedure used to treat blood vessel malformations and spider veins. This is one method along with surgery, radiofrequency and ablation used for treatment of spider and varicose veins. The procedure has been used since the 1930’s and only takes between 15 and 30 minutes to perform.

The procedure is performed using micro-injections of a solution, Sotradecol, through small needles directly into the veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time the vessel turns into scar tissue and fades away.

Spider veins can be treated through laser treatment; however, unlike the laser, the sclerosing solution closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that are causing the veins to form. This reduces the possibility for reoccurrence.

Patients need to wear compression stockings for about two weeks after treatment. The procedure usually takes 4-6 treatments, 6 weeks apart, to complete effective slcerotherapy. For more information visit our website at or call us at (775) 329-3100 to set up a consultation.

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