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Safe, Effective and Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins in South Georgia

At Elite Vein Specialists, we take pride in alleviating the venous disorders of our patients and neighbors. Our vein specialists will base your personalized treatment plan upon detailed analysis of your individual case. We know how to treat vein disease with little or no pain and discomfort to our patients. In fact, most of our patients are back at work the next day (and in some cases even the same day).
We offer a variety of proven procedures for treating varicose and spider veins:
Radiofrequency Ablation – Minimally invasive. Tiny incision. Radiofrequency energy used to close off diseased vein.
Phlebectomy – Damaged veins on the leg’s surface removed through tiny punctures. No stitches needed.
Sclerotherapy – Time-tested procedure for spider veins. Sclerosing solution injected into spider veins.
Perforator Sclerotherapy – Used on larger varicose veins. A foaming, sclerosing agent injected into perforating or communicating veins.
Compression Stockings – For keeping compression on veins and as a treatment for vein disease. Always prescribed after a vein procedure by our specialists.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (also known as Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy) is one of several non-surgical treatments that our clinic offers for varicose veins and perforator veins.

We use the Venefit™ procedure to apply controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy to a diseased vein, causing it to seal shut and re-route blood through a healthy vein.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
  • A local anesthetic is applied to the affected vein
  • Our doctor makes a small opening in the skin on your leg 
  • Using ultrasound, he positions a tiny catheter in the diseased vein 
  • The catheter, using the radiofrequency energy, delivers heat to the vein wall 
  • The vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed Blood reroutes to a healthy vein in your leg 
The Advantages of Radiofrequency
  • Minimally invasive
  • No hospitalization required, as this is an outpatient procedure at our clinic
  • Less pain and complications than with traditional vein stripping or surgery
  • Normal activities resumed in one to two days
  • No scars or scratches
  • Minimal bruising or swelling
  • Symptoms typically improve within one to two weeks
  • Procedure takes an hour or less to perform
  • Often covered by insurance companies when patient has been diagnosed with venous reflux
After your procedure is completed, a bandage will be placed at the insertion site. You will be required to wear a compression stocking and asked to limit standing for long periods or participating in strenuous activities for two weeks.

Phlebectomy

Phlebectomy is a procedure used typically to treat superficial varicose veins located just beneath the skin’s surface. Micro incisions are made next to the diseased varicose vein, and the vein is removed through the incision. Because veins are extremely collapsible, even large or engorged veins can be removed through the tiny phlebectomy incisions.
How Phlebectomy Works
  • A local anesthetic is applied to the affected area
  • A micro incision or puncture is made next to the varicose vein
  • A tiny phlebectomy hook is inserted under your leg’s skin
  • The hook removes the varicose vein or part of the vein through the incision
  • Your leg is wrapped in a compression bandage
The Advantages of Phlebectomy
  • Minimally invasive
  • An outpatient procedure
  • No stitches required
  • Virtually no scaring
  • Takes an hour or less
  • Quick recovery
  • Can usually resume normal activities in one or two days
  • Often covered by insurance companies when patient has been diagnosed with venous reflux
After your phlebectomy, we wrap your leg in a compression bandage and prescribe a compression stocking to aid in your healing process.

Sclerotherapy

Ever since the 1930s, doctors have used sclerotherapy as a common procedure for treating smaller (uncomplicated) spider veins. In this procedure, a special sclerosing agent or fluid is injected into the vein.
How Sclerotherapy Works
  • Using a fine needle, we inject a sclerorant (fluid) into the spider vein
  • The vein or veins react to the fluid, swell and stick together
  • The vein collapses on itself and stops functioning
The Advantages of Sclerotherapy
  • Minimally invasive
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Relatively pain free
  • No stitches required
  • Takes 15 to 45 minutes
  • Quick recovery
  • Few side effects
  • Can resume most normal activities within 24 hours

Perforator Sclerotherapy

Perforator sclerotherapy is a treatment for vein disorders in the perforator veins. Often called communicating veins, the perforator veins connect the veins on your skin’s surface to the deep veins under your muscles.

Perforator sclerotherapy is similar to cosmetic sclerotherapy in that sclerosing agents are used in both procedures. Perforator sclerotherapy, however, is used more for treating larger varicose veins. We use a foaming sclerosing agent instead of the liquid sclerorant we use in traditional sclerotherapy.
How Perforator Sclerotherapy Works
  • A local anesthetic is applied to the affected vein area
  • Your treatment area is sterilized
  • Using a fine needle that is ultrasound guided, we inject a foaming sclerosing agent into the varicose vein
  • One injection is usually administered for each inch of vein treated
  • The vein or veins react to the fluid
  • The vein collapses on itself and stops functioning
  • New tissue gradually replaces the vein
  • A bandage is applied after the procedure
The Advantages of Perforator Sclerotherapy
  • Minimally invasive
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Minimal pain during and after
  • No stitches required
  • Takes 15 to 45 minutes
  • Quick recovery
  • Few side effects
  • Can resume most normal activities the same day or the next day
  • Often covered by insurance companies when patient has been diagnosed with venous reflux

Compression Stockings

When people think ‘compression stockings,’ they often conjure up pictures of thick anti-embolism, hospital-like stockings. But compression hosiery has changed dramatically over time.

At our vein treatment clinics, you’ll find a wide-range of attractive, fashion-worthy compression stockings by Juzo and Jobst. Designed with comfort in mind, our compression stockings are:
  • Comfortable and breathable 
  • Available in a variety of colors, styles and sizes 
  • Manufactured with latex-free fibers 
  • Soft and easy to wear 
  • Anti-microbial and odor reducing 
  • Machine washable and dryable  

Because compression hosiery minimizes swelling and assists with circulation, you will be required to wear compression hosiery as a part of a varicose or spider vein treatment regimen.

If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, one of these treatment options will work for you. Contact our medical team online or by calling 912-283-2200 for a complimentary ultrasound screening and to discuss which treatment option is right for you.
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