New Year, New You: Treating Vein Disease

Do you have vein disease?

Vein disease is a common condition that affects millions of people every year. It is often manifested by visible veins on the legs, called varicose veins and spider veins. Spider veins generally don’t exhibit any symptoms, but varicose veins can be very painful, and even debilitating. You may have vein disease if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs
  • Tired, achy or heavy feelings in the legs
  • Leathery skin appearance on the legs
  • Itchy feelings around the veins
  • Skin surface ulcers on the lower legs (only in severe cases)

It’s important to understand that vein disease is a progressive condition, meaning it will only worsen over time if left untreated. Fortunately, there are minimally invasive vein treatment options available to get your veins healthy, pain-free and attractive again. These include:

Compression therapy

Though compression therapy is not a permanent treatment to vein disease, it is often the first plan of attack to prevent the disease from worsening and to reduce painful symptoms like aching, swelling, and heaviness. This is often an option for patients who cannot undergo other minimally invasive treatments.

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT)

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat large, bulging varicose veins. EVLT is performed using a small catheter inserted painlessly into the vein to administer thermal energy to close the problem vein.


Microphlebectomy is typically used on diseased veins that are too large for sclerotherapy but not large enough to be treated with EVLT. The problem vein is removed through tiny incisions in the skin with no scarring.

Radiofrequency ablation

Also called VNUS closure, radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that involves a small catheter carefully inserted into the vein to deliver radiofrequency energy to close the diseased vein.


Sclerotherapy is often the best treatment option for spider veins. Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a medicated solution into the unwanted veins, causing the veins to shut down and disappear over time.


Many people undergo the VeinGogh treatment to minimize the appearance of spider veins on the face, ankles or knees. The treatment involves the use of a very fine, insulated needle to deliver high-frequency electrical energy just below the skin’s surface. The treatment usually takes only a few minutes.

At Total Vein Care, all of our treatments are minimally invasive, require little to no downtime and are performed in-office. If you have symptoms of vein disease and would like to discuss treatment options with one of our veins specialists, call (225) 245-3540 today.

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