We will measure your legs to determine your proper size and instruct you in donning techniques. If you do not have compression hose, we carry Sigvaris® medical grade compression hose for your convenience.
Thermal: Radiofrequency : ClosureFast™
This is a new procedure that accomplishes the same result as radiofrequency ablation. Instead of closing the diseased insufficient vein with heat, VenaSeal™ and Varithena™ accomplish this in a very similar manner but with several advantages:
- Very little local anesthesia is required.
- More of the lower leg can be treated because these are non-thermal techniques.
- VenaSeal™ uses a bio-glue and Varithena™ uses a microfoam.
- After VenaSeal™ there is no need for compression therapy.
- Varithena™ allows for a more non-invasive treatment of tortuous tributaries.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into superficial veins causing the veins to close and, thereby, disappear. It is safe, effective and well-tolerated.
- Liquid Sclerotherapy is used to treat smaller sized veins. The chemical is called polidocanol, or Asclera®, and has been in use for many years. It is a safe, dilute “detergent sclerosant”: a medical soapy chemical that gently encourages the body to remove the unwanted veins.
- Foam sclerotherapy may be used to treat larger veins. The same soapy chemical is agitated with air to produce a foam, allowing these larger veins to be treated effectively without having to increase the concentration of the sclerosant.
- Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy uses ultrasound to inject veins that are too deep to be seen from the surface. This is sometimes covered by insurance.
Free Vein Screening
- North Country Thoracic and Vascular is now hosting free vein screenings. This is an opportunity for you to talk with vein specialists about your varicose and spider veins.
- You will learn about the cause of vein problems and how they are diagnosed.
- You will also learn that varicose veins are not solely a cosmetic concern but are frequently associated with a number of symptoms including aching, throbbing leg pain, heaviness and fatigue, and restless legs.
- You will learn that the most advanced form of vein disease includes swelling and damage to the overlying skin causing skin breakdown and ulceration.
- You will also learn how these problems are manageable with the minimally-invasive office procedures currently available.
- During the screening, you will be asked some basic health questions to help determine your risk for venous disease. Your legs will be examined, so bring a pair of shorts.
- To attend an upcoming vein screening, call us at 518-314-1520 or 802-652-1520.