Dr. Stephen Bunker and his medical team will be at the KEYE Television studios on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. They will be discussing frequently asked questions about sclerotherapy and other minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins.
Watch for the live interview at 3:00 PM for answers to these questions and more! Be sure to call into the phone bank during the news hour and schedule your free screening.
What is sclerotherapy and what types of patients are good candidates for this procedure?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, which causes the vein to scar and collapse, forcing the blood to reroute through healthier veins.
- Those who are best suited to take advantage of this type of therapy are:
men and women between 30 and 60 years of age, in good overall health, whom have not had prior blood clot(s)
- women whom are at least three months past childbirth.
All of these patients should be evaluated for abnormalities in larger, underlying veins, which, if present, should be treated first.
What is endovenous treatment and what types of patients are good candidates for this procedure?
This is a minimally invasive ultrasound guided technique used to treat varicose veins by inserting a laser fiber or catheter into the vein called the saphenous vein. The laser fiber, or catheter, heats the inside of this vein causing it to collapse and remain shut. The treatment is performed by a physician trained in phlebology (a vein specialist). A good candidate for the treatment needs to have realistic expectations of the results and meet certain criteria. Upon having a consultation with our physician, a venous ultrasound may be ordered to determine if there is any abnormal backward flow (reflux) in the vein(s).
Can these minimally invasive therapies permanently cure varicose veins?
Currently, minimally invasive treatments have very high success rates compared to traditional surgical treatments. Over a period of years, however, new abnormal veins may develop, and patients may need to return for maintenance treatments after their initial session is completed. Follow-up ultrasound examinations are usually performed to monitor for these developments.
Learn about the various treatments available for varicose veins or call (512) 726-0599 for more information. We have two locations: in Westlake (West Austin) and in Round Rock (North Austin).