Vein Specialists of the Carolinas

Your doctor for vein treatment in North Carolina and South Carolina

Gastonia, NC: 704-861-2072
Charlotte, NC: 704-544-5245

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It's not even the end of the day and you can't wait to sit down and put your feet up. The heaviness, aching and throbbing you feel in your lower extremities may even be clearly visible by the bluish trails along your legs. If so, you probably dislike what you see as much as the discomfort it causes.

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Vein Treatments | Charlotte | Gastonia

The most complete care in one office—treatments for spider and varicose veins.

  • Treatment of Varicose Veins with Closure 
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ambulatory Microphlebectomy

At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas, we believe that in order to excel in medicine today, it is imperative to excel in the education for it. Remaining on the cutting edge of new technologies and techniques is the only means to providing the most modern and up-to-date medical procedures.

Closure

The Venefit (old name VNUS "Closure") procedure is a safe and effective treatment for symptomatic varicose veins. A minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping, "Closure" is used to seal large veins beneath the surface of the skin that cause venous symptoms and visible varicose veins. The procedure is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Through a small needle stick, we insert a thin catheter in the vein. As the catheter is removed, it delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall causing it to heat, swell and seal. After the diseased vein is sealed, healthy veins continue to return blood from the leg.

Patients experience only minor discomfort during and after "Closure".  Symptoms are usually improved within a few days and varicose veins diminish over several weeks. We encourage our patients to exercise daily beginning on the day of the procedure. Most patients return to work the next day. The surgeons of Vein Specialists of the Carolinas have performed hundreds of"Closure" procedures. Our patients experience minimal downtime and excellent functional and cosmetic outcomes.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy used to treat varicose and spider veins. During the office treatment, a sclerosing medication is injected through micro-needles into the abnormal veins. The treated veins seal and gradually disappear over several weeks. Treatments normally require multiple injections and last about 30 minutes. Patients sometimes experience a brief period of itching, but little discomfort. Treated areas may appear bruised for a few days. The number of treatment sessions necessary to reach a patient’s goals may vary, depending on the number and size of the veins treated. Treatments are usually given 3 to 4 weeks apart.

Patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. They can improve results by avoiding strenuous physical activity, hot baths and exposure to the sun. We advise patients to wear light compression hose for a short period after treatment. Sclerotherapy traditionally has been used to treat spider veins and the small blue veins that feed them. Today, however, we are treating larger veins with advanced techniques such as "foam" and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.

Though sclerotherapy is generally a painless and easy procedure, there are instances of minor undesirable effects. "Trapped blood" occurs when a segment of vein remains open between sealed segments, "trapping" blood in the vein. The patient may feel a tender lump in this area. Trapped blood usually can be extracted by needle and is easily treated on a follow-up visit. "Pigmentation" is a light brown discoloration of skin overlying a treated vein. It may take several weeks to months to resolve. "Matting" is a small area of discoloration near a treatment area. Careful inspection reveals these discolorations to be caused by multiple fine red or purple veins. Pigmentation and matting occur less than 20% of the time. These conditions usually resolve spontaneously over several months, but can rarely last a year or more. The staff and surgeons of Vein Specialists of the Carolinas have extensive experience with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy provides excellent outcomes to patients with unsightly varicose and spider veins.

Ambulatory Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a way of removing the large bulging varicose veins that look like twisty ropes on your legs.

The technique involves numbing the skin and tissues around the veins. A very small incision or puncture is made. The vein is grasped by a very small hook and simply extracted from the incision. After the numbing, the only thing you feel is some tugging. The incisions are so small they do not require stitches or leave scars.

This procedure replaces the older “ambulatory phlebectomy” in which incisions 1 or 2 inches long were made, and the veins were surgically excised and ligated at the ends. Although effective, this older procedure left numerous permanent scars.

Some vein doctors do not offer microphlebectomy and prefer to inject the varicose veins. Although this sounds easier, it may leave a large firm red tender knot (phlebitis) at the site. This does resolve, but may leave a brown stain that takes months to go away. Phlebectomy does not do this.