Vein Care Center
If you’re dealing with unsightly varicose veins (spider veins) or a more serious condition such as leg ulcers or thrombosis, you’re not alone. Vein abnormalities are seen in over 25 million men and women in the U.S., and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that at least half of all women are bothered by varicose or spider veins.
The vein care specialists at the Vein Care Center of Rochester are here to help. Headed by Dr. Jeffrey Rhodes of Vascular Surgery Associates at Rochester General Hospital, the Vein Care Center offers the most advanced varicose vein care procedures to treat both men and women with a variety of vascular conditions, including:
- Varicose veins
- Spider veins
- Leg ulcers
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Venous insufficiency
How Varicose Veins Develop
Under normal circumstances, the arteries carry blood from the heart to the legs, and the veins return the blood back to the heart. Veins contain valves that prevent the blood from flowing back down the leg. If these valves fail or become stretched out—a condition often seen during pregnancy—the blood backs up and puts more pressure on the valve below it, causing it to fail and allowing the blood to pool in the lower leg. This pooling stretches out the veins and they become varicose, which causes aching and throbbing. In some severe cases, this pooling of blood damages the skin around the ankle, making it itch, turn brown in color, and, if left untreated, could lead to ulceration (a wound forming at the ankle).
Spider veins, or varicose veins are also quite common but rarely cause any health problems. These are the very fine red and bluish veins that often look like a bruise. Spider veins can be treated by injections in an office setting, but are considered cosmetic for insurance purposes. True varicose veins, which are the ones protruding from the skin, can cause leg pain and aching as well as swelling and leg fatigue.
The Vein Care Center of Rochester offers the latest minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options, including Venefit™, formerly known as VNUS Closure® therapy, and laser treatments for spider veins and sclerotherapy for spider veins. All of our procedures are performed in a caring, state-of-the-art environment by our team of board-certified surgeons and varicose vein care specialists. We’ll be happy to talk with you about all the options we have available.
- Sclerotherapy – The most common treatment for varicose and spider veins, sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s performed in a comfortable, outpatient setting and requires no anesthesia. The veins being treated are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. Most patients who decide to have spider vein treatment early on will see a 50–90% improvement in the appearance of the treated area with varicose veins.
- Venefit™ (VNUS Closure® ) – Venefit™, formerly known as VNUS Closure, is an outpatient procedure used to treat larger varicose veins in the legs. The Vein Care Center has the most experience in the region with this procedure, which uses heat to seal off the damaged veins. Patients are placed under local anesthesia and a thin catheter (or tube) is inserted into the vein. Then, using radiowave (radiofrequency) energy, the varicose vein is heated and cauterized to close it off. This less invasive endovenous procedure is performed over traditional vein stripping surgery and offers patients an equally successful option that’s much faster and has a quicker recovery—in days, not weeks—with significantly less pain.
- Support hose – Light-weight support hose are the initial treatment for varicose veins. These prevent both the spider veins from being stretched and the pooling of the blood in the leg. In addition, intermittent elevation, routine exercise and weight loss (if indicated) can all be helpful in treating the symptoms. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and naproxen can also be helpful in treating the inflammation caused by stretched varicose veins and pooling blood. If these measures do not relieve the symptoms, surgical treatment may be considered.
VenaSeal™ Closure System – A new "superglue procedure that is being used to successfully to treat varicose veins. This procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and involving just one injection of local anesthetic compared to traditional operation known as stripping. This treatment uses only a tiny amount of VenaSeal glue to seal up the vein's inner walls. The glue is inserted into the diseased vein via a fine catheter tube, which seals the vein shut. With virtually no down time, patients can return to their normal activities immediately.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Treatment
In the past, surgery involved “vein stripping,” or the actual removal of the main superficial spider vein. This was associated with a 4-6 week recovery time for each leg and the risk of recurrent veins was at least 40% in five years.
Minimally invasive techniques such as Venefit (VNUS Closure) and laser therapy have replaced traditional vein stripping and are now considered the gold standard in vein treatment across the country. By destroying the main superficial spider vein (the greater saphenous vein), the blood is prevented from pooling back down the leg into the varicose vein and it begins to fade over a few months’ time.
These outpatient procedures also offer additional benefits:
- Shorter recovery time – Spider vein procedures can be performed under local anesthesia and patients often return to work the following day
- More convenient – Patients may have the option to remove some of the larger true varicose veins during their other procedure in the office, using the same local anesthetic
- Latest technology – We work closely with Vascular Surgery Associates at Rochester General, so you’ll receive the superior care of our board-certified vascular surgeons who use the latest equipment and procedures
- Lower risk – Although there is always the risk of new varicose veins forming after any procedure, the risk after Venefit (VNUS Closure) is far less than that of traditional “stripping” procedures, and complete relief of symptoms, including swelling, pain and fatigue, occurs in over 90% of cases.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a consultation.
Vein Care Center of Rochester
20 Hagen Dr., Suite 210
Rochester, NY 14625