Ultrasounds are noninvasive diagnostic tests that utilize sound waves to create images of different parts of the body, including veins. At Northeast Vein, Dr. Cooper uses Duplex ultrasound technology to detail blood flow and pinpoint the location of venous problems.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
A minimally-invasive treatment, EVLT has proven highly-effective at treating varicose veins. During the procedure, Dr. Cooper inserts a catheter through a needle into the abnormal vein in the leg. He then directs laser energy through the catheter to shrink the unhealthy vein until it closes off. After the procedure, the body will use healthy veins to redirect blood flow. Not only does EVLT result in less discomfort than other treatment options, but patients also enjoy a 98 %success rate after the procedure.
One of the most commonly employed treatments for spider veins, sclerotherapy, involves injecting a chemical solution into the problem vein. The resulting inflammation causes the vein walls to stick together and the treated vessel to scar over before eventually being reabsorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy accompanied by laser is the gold standard for spider vein treatment at this time.
The 940 Dornier Laser
Dr. Cooper is the only vein specialist in Rhode Island to offer this revolutionary treatment for spider veins. When used in conjunction with sclerotherapy, the 940 Dornier Laser has proven to be incredibly effective. In fact, most patients require only 3-5 sessions to achieve their desired results.
While sclerotherapy is effective for treating veins just below the surface of the skin, some veins are too deep to be healed with this method. In these cases, Dr. Cooper uses state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging to aid in needle placement. Once the vein has been located using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, normal treatment techniques can be followed.
In some cases, it may be necessary to remove weakened veins that are no longer able to contract. At Northeast Vein, we perform phlebectomy under local anesthetic to ensure the patient experiences minimal discomfort. After creating a tiny nick with a needle a very small hook elevates and removes the vein. The phlebectomy sites disappear over time. Phlebectomy not only reduces leg pain, but it also improves cosmetic appearance by removing unsightly veins.
While it does not stop the progression of venous disease, compression therapy can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with varicose veins. Usually employed through compression stockings, this treatment is designed to decrease venous pressure and relieve pain and swelling.
Compression is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg); 20-30mmHg is well tolerated.
Schedule Your Vein Consultation Today!
Call Northeast Vein & Laser Center today, 401-739-0011, to schedule a consultation regarding your problem veins. After the initial appointment, Dr. Cooper will devise a custom treatment plan that best suits your unique needs. We look forward to providing you with the best therapies to minimize discomfort and boost your quality of life.