Varicose Vein Treatment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (SD)

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that are typically found in the legs and feet. This is because standing and sitting for prolonged periods increases pressure in the veins located in your lower body. Your veins have valves that run in one direction, and the blood they push out flows toward your heart. If the valves weaken or become damaged, blood is unable to effectively flow out. That which does not go out of the veins, pools and causes the veins to swell, leading to varicose veins.

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

Since varicose veins may signal an underlying medical condition like diabetes, your vein specialist will likely order imaging studies and/or blood tests to help diagnose any potential underlying conditions. These tests are also performed in order to evaluate valve function, understand your valve structure, determine if blood clots are present in the veins and assess the amount of blood that is flowing back into the legs. A physical exam and questions about your symptoms are also in order, and are the first steps your doctor will take. All of this information will be used to help your vein doctor choose the proper course of treatment. 

Prior to Varicose Vein Treatment

Prior to having a treatment performed, most health insurance companies will require you to first wear compression stockings for several months and perform self-care.

Self-care 

This may consist of exercising, elevating your legs, eating a healthy diet, losing excess weight and avoiding long periods of sitting or standing.

Compression stockings  

These support hose come various lengths and consist of an elastic, stretchable material that applies varying grades of pressure at different points along the leg. Since most of the blood in your leg veins gather at the ankle as a result of gravity, the highest grade of pressure supplied by the stockings is in this area. Pressure then gradually decreases higher up the leg. This is because gravity has less of an effect on the blood in the upper parts of the leg. Their purpose other than reducing venous pressure and forcing blood from the legs up to the heart, is to minimize swelling by keeping fluids from leaking out of the veins and pooling in the leg. All of this works to improve blood flow and decrease your risk of developing blood clots and venous ulcers.

Treating Varicose Veins

If your condition is advanced, or if the above methods have not significantly minimized your symptoms and condition, the following treatment options may be performed:

Sclerotherapy - this procedure is typically more effective when treating spider veins, but may also be used as a treatment for smaller varicose veins. Here, the doctor will inject a chemical solution into the veins using a very fine needle. The solution will irritate the lining of the vein, causing it inflame and harden. The harden tissue, which is later absorbed by the body, closes off the vein. The absorption process causes the vein to shrink and disappear over time. 

Endovenous laser ablation – a laser fiber is inserted through the skin and into your varicose vein. The laser heats the lining of the vein. The heat damages the walls of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse, shrink and eventually disappear.
 
Phlebectomy – a surgeon will remove small- to medium-size varicose veins through tiny punctures made in the skin. 

Vein stripping – Done mostly in severe cases, vein stripping and ligation is an outpatient procedure that involves tying the veins shut and removing them through incisions in your skin.

After Varicose Vein Treatment
Results may take several weeks, and a combination of procedures may need to be performed in order to rid your varicose veins entirely. Self-care after your treatment(s) resembles self-care you might perform before your procedure. This includes wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs and avoiding long standing and sitting. Exercises during the first couple of weeks, however, should be low-impact like walking and stretching. You will be advised to avoid lifting heavy objects or performing activities that will put a strain on your venous system. All of these tips help minimize symptoms and prevent the development of new varicose veins.


About Physicians Vein Clinics

Thank You For Choosing Physicians Vein Clinics

Physicians Vein Clinics is proud to offer the region’s finest vein removal services, using state-of-the-art technology and the skill of a board certified vein physician and laser expert.

About that free screening…

If you have ever wondered whether or not your vein problems can be easily fixed, find out with a free screening at Physicians Vein Clinics. The screening won’t take long and you’re under no obligation to receive further services. We should also be able to tell you whether your insurance will cover the procedure.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

Your free screening consists of three steps:
  1. We will review your medical history and perform a visual exam of the problem area. If necessary, an ultrasound examination will be obtained to identify the underlying cause of your problem. The ultrasound diagnosis isn’t needed very often, but if it is, this is a separate diagnostic test that requires billing to your insurance.
  2. We will diagnose your vein issues and discuss expected outcomes with you.
  3. Dr. Hansen will perform a visual exam and talk over the next course of action with you. If it is determined that your case is medical in nature, we will schedule a consult that consists of mapping and drawing your veins to prove venous deficiency and submit it to your insurance company. If the problems are cosmetic, they will discuss costs and treatment options with you.
Once you decide to move forward with treatment, we will work around your schedule to perform the procedures. Each outpatient procedure is different, but you should expect to return to normal activities in no time with minimal discomfort. Your specific treatment expectations and after-care will be discussed in detail prior to your appointment. Our professional and friendly staff is here to answer all your questions and make your time with us comfortable.

Featured Specialist for Varicose Vein Treatment in Sioux Falls, SD

Physicians Vein Clinics

Lornell E. Hansen II, M.D.

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3401 S. Kelley Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

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