Boston Vein Treatment Services
If you are seeking vein treatment in the Boston area, you need look no further than the world-class vein specialists at Brigham and Women’s Vascular and Vein Care Center. The board-certified physicians and their staff at Boston’s leading vein clinic employ leading edge vein treatments that will help you effectively get rid of varicose veins, spider veins and other vein disease. They will meet with you personally and make a customized recommendation based on an assessment of your individual vein problems. Typical vein treatments include endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy.
About Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT®)
Endovenous laser treatment (also called EVLT, EVLA, and ELVeS) is currently the best vein treatment available to get rid of varicose veins. It is a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure that eliminates varicose veins at the source. We are one of the most experienced EVLT centers in the Boston area, typically performing over 50 procedures per month. EVLT is performed in our Boston vein clinic under local anesthesia and usually takes less than an hour, with patients walking immediately afterward. Unlike the painful vein surgery (“vein stripping”) approach used in the past, it incurs little bleeding or other trauma to the body.
How does EVLT work?
In the EVLT procedure, our Boston-based vein physicians make a very small nick in the skin (often near the knee) and then insert a very thin catheter and laser fiber. The catheter can then be threaded along until it reaches the affected vein, where it applies laser energy to the vein, effectively taking the vein out of commission. The body naturally redirects blood flow to healthy and fully functioning veins, and in time the nonfunctioning vein is reabsorbed. Success rates for this vein treatment are very high, with little bruising, bleeding or pain, making classic vein surgery a procedure of the past.
Laser Spider Vein Treatment
For smaller, blue veins, we employ a non-surgical, transdermal laser therapy which uses a light beam to non-invasively eliminate these small veins from your leg. A topical anesthetic may be used to numb the skin over the vein to be treated, but this procedure is otherwise quite painless.
Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” for spider vein treatment in Boston, quickly eliminating these small blue or red strand-like veins on the surface of the skin. Though not a health hazard on their own, spider veins can be indicative of the same blood-flow problems that lead to varicose veins and are best treated by a trained vein specialist. Like EVLT, sclerotherapy involves minimal discomfort and patients are able to walk right after the procedure.
How does sclerotherapy work?
In the sclerotherapy procedure, an FDA-approved chemical solution is injected into the vein through a very fine needle. The solution causes the vein to collapse and seal off the blood vessel, preventing further blood flow. Deeper veins may require use of ultrasound technology in conjunction with sclerotherapy (called “ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy”). The ultrasound helps the vein treatment specialist find the affected area before beginning the injection procedure.
If your varicose veins are large and close to the surface, your physician might opt for ambulatory phlebectomy as a vein treatment option, either alone or in conjunction with EVLT. In this procedure, a skin incision of about 1 mm is made through which the veins are extracted. Ambulatory phlebectomy is done under local anesthesia. Patients generally wear compression bandages for two weeks afterwards to facilitate healing.
Many of these Boston vein treatment procedures are covered by insurance and can be performed in the office. If you are seeking Boston vein treatment, either downtown or in the suburbs to the west or south (including Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Allston, Arlington, Medford, Chelsea, Revere and Malden), in Metrowest Boston (including Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, Needham, Dover/Sherborn, Marlborough, Natick, Framingham and even Worcester) or on the South Shore (including Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, Plymouth, Brockton, Bridgewater, Raynham, Taunton, Foxborough, Franklin and even out to Providence), please, contact us today for an initial consultation. The process starts with a simple visit where we can answer all your questions.
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