If you have spider veins or varicose veins, you may be considering all of your options. You’ve likely been covering them up with clothing or even makeup, but it may be time to have the veins removed.
You may be wondering how safe it is to have one or more veins removed. After all, don’t they perform an important job by moving blood from your organs and tissues to your heart?
The fact is that your body can not only create new veins when necessary, but it can also reroute blood to nearby healthy veins if a vein is having drastic problems. Let’s talk about some of the things you’ll find out about during your visit with a vein doctor, and where you can go in the Greater Tampa Bay area for outstanding vein care and clear skin once again.
Surgical Procedures to Remove Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Minimally invasive surgical treatments usually eliminate spider veins by sealing off the vein, and this is called endovenous ablation. This laser vein procedure renders the vein useless, so the blood is automatically rerouted to other nearby vein specialists – and the body gradually absorbs and eliminates the vein naturally over a period of time.
Another vein operation, ambulatory phlebectomy, involves your vein surgeon using tiny surgical hooks to gently pull large varicose veins from the skin through very small incisions. It is used for more severe vein issues beyond cosmetic concerns. This treatment is typically done as an outpatient procedure, with just local anesthetic (near and around the surgical site).
Vein specialists also use cutting-edge medical care methods, such as random incisions to eliminate edema (swelling). Any previous medical treatments must be considered to determine whether circumstances may interfere with the therapy’s ultimate result.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular treatments for spider veins. After your vein doctor injects a formula directly into the vein, the therapy progressively causes the walls of the vein to collapse and glue together, thereby preventing blood flow. This causes the vein to shrink until it vanishes entirely, absorbed and eliminated by the body.
This procedure may need to be performed more than once in order to eliminate the vein entirely.
Experienced Vein Specialist in Tampa Bay, FL
Here at Mackay Vein & Circulation Specialists of Tampa, our medical team has been treating patients with vascular issues for many years, including removing spider veins and varicose veins. Dr. Edward Mackay himself has more than 25 years of experience in performing vascular surgery and 15 years focused specifically on treating vein disease successfully, and he has been a pioneer in a number of revolutionary procedures.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with a member of our outstanding medical team, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (727) 261-0047 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We have convenient locations across the Tampa Bay area including in Palm Harbor, St. Pete, and Largo, and we look forward to being part of your healthcare team!