Venous Treatments

Venous diseases are a subset of vascular diseases that mainly affect veins on the leg and pelvis. These conditions not only have the potential to diminish a person’s quality of life but may also cause chronic, and possibly life-threatening
complications if not managed properly.

Radiofrequency
Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure used to treat varicose veins. RFA utilizes high-frequency radio waves directed through a thin tube to create intense heat within the varicose vein. The the varicose vein will close, thereby preventing the flow of blood through it. With this pathway closed, blood will be forced to redirect its course and flow through other healthy vessels. This procedure eliminates the bulging, swelling, and discomfort of the varicose veins while providing an optimal passageway for blood flowing back to the patient’s heart. Performance of this operation is conducted on an outpatient basis with minimal recovery time and slight, but tolerable discomfort following.

Sclerotherapy

This is another minimally invasive treatment method for venous insufficiencies such as spider, reticular, and varicose veins. The physician will begin by injecting a sclerosing solution into the affected veins. The solution causes the vein to scar. Blood is then forced to reroute itself through healthier veins. As the insufficient vein collapses, it is reabsorbed by bodily tissue and eventually disappears. Treatment typically takes place over the course of multiple sessions spanning several months before completion, depending on the extent or severity of the patient’s condition.

Microphlebectomy

This procedure removes affected varicose veins by utilizing tiny incisions made on the patient’s skin. Carried out under local anesthesia (patient is awake the whole time, with only the area under operation being numbed), it is a minimally invasive technique usually carried out on an outpatient basis.

The incisions leave very minimal scarring on the skin’s surface, or none at all in many cases. After the procedure, patients will be required to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks. They can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately after their appointment.

Treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which blood clots form in the veins of a person’s pelvis or legs. DVT can be extremely dangerous as patients are at high risk for an embolism. During an embolism, clots break apart and travel up the patient’s bloodstream into their lungs. This procedure will only be performed by our vascular specialists if they believe that mechanical thrombectomy or thrombolytic therapy (thrombolysis) might not be suitable for you. Click to learn more about IVC Filter Placement and Removal.

The incisions leave very minimal scarring on the skin’s surface, or none at all in many cases. After the procedure, patients will be required to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks. They can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately after their appointment.

Thrombectomy

In most cases, patients who are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) will have a treatment regimen of anticoagulants, blood thinners, and prescribed compression stockings in an effort to manage their condition.

The prescription of blood thinners and anticoagulants will keep blood clots from increasing in size or shifting into the patient’s heart or lungs. However, these medications will not eliminate the clots or ensure that additional clots do not form in the future. Our Vascular Specialists offer patients the option of removing the DVT-affected vessels through a procedure known as a Mechanical Thrombectomy.
The incisions leave very minimal scarring on the skin’s surface, or none at all in many cases. After the procedure, patients will be required to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks. They can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately after their appointment.

Thrombolytic Therapy or Thrombolysis

In most cases, patients who are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) will have a treatment regimen of anticoagulants, blood thinners, and prescribed compression stockings in an effort to manage their condition.

The prescription of blood thinners and anticoagulants will keep blood clots from increasing in size or shifting into the patient’s heart or lungs. However, these medications will not eliminate the clots or ensure that additional clots do not form in the future. Our Vascular Specialists offer patients the option of removing the DVT-affected vessels through a procedure known as a Mechanical Thrombectomy.
The incisions leave very minimal scarring on the skin’s surface, or none at all in many cases. After the procedure, patients will be required to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks. They can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately after their appointment.

Why Monterey Bay Vascular?

The painful symptoms associated with varicose veins can lead to a significant decrease your quality of life. If left untreated, they may lead to ulcers and even life-threatening blood clots. At Monterey Bay Vascular, our vascular surgeon is eager to provide every patient with a personalized and thorough treatment plan using innovative, minimally invasive procedures. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.