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Venous Insufficiency & Varicose Veins Treatment Texas

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Varicose Veins Treatment Texas

Treatment for varicose veins in Texas is one of the more sought-after procedures when it comes to overall vascular health in today’s growing population. In fact, research estimates more than 70% of adults in the United States have visual vein problems, the majority of which have either spider veins, varicose veins or both.

 

Those challenged by varicose veins typically seek treatment for both cosmetic reasons (visible discoloration, swelling and even skin ulcers) and non-aesthetic symptomology (pain, throbbing, aching, etc.), with the most common area of impact being in the legs.

Venous Insufficiency

 

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to circulate effectively to the heart. CVI causes blood to “pool” or collect in the veins – a condition called stasis.

 

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Symptoms include:

  • Leg pain or achiness
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg heaviness
  • Burning or itching of the skin
  • Restless legs
  • Throbbing or cramping in the legs at night
  • Skin discoloration or skin changes
  • Leg ulcers or sores
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Discolored and thick skin on the legs
  • Swollen blood vessels in the skin
  • Varicose or bulging veins

 

Treatment for venous insufficiency and the resulting varicose veins is minimally invasive and extremely effective. Procedures include ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, varithena and radiofrequency ablation.

 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy, performed under the guidance of ultrasound, is often used to treat varicose veins near the skin’s surface. It’s a non-surgical, minimally-invasive technique whereby an irritating solution (called a sclerosant) is injected directly into the vein under the precision of ultrasound guidance. The solution irritates the vessel, causing it to swell, and this swelling then cuts off the flow of blood, ultimately causing the vessel to shrink and eliminating both the aesthetic and non-aesthetic symptomology.

Treatment is faster, much less invasive than surgery and requires little-to-no downtime or discomfort.

Varithena

Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a technique used to generate microfoam that can safely be inserted into problem varicose veins for ultrasound-guided injection. The only FDA approved foam used to treat varicose vein problems, Varithena improves the symptoms of superficial venous reflux disease, as well as improving the appearance of varicose veins.

With this treatment, the following symptoms are often drastically improved:

 

  • Heaviness
  • Achiness
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Itching

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation, also called rhizotomy, is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure for varicose veins that uses heat to reduce or stop the transmission of pain. With this procedure, radiofrequency waves ablate (or “burn”) the problem nerve that’s causing the pain, essentially eliminating the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

 

In the case of treatment for varicose veins (not just pain management), your doctor will use heat to damage tissue wall inside the problem vein, causing scar tissue form. This scar tissue then closes the problem vein off to alleviate unwanted symptomology.

 

Venous insufficiency can be treated, and you don’t have to live with the unwanted physical consequences of varicose veins. There is a solution!

 

Schedule a consultation today with one of our vein specialists to find out more information!

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Meet Our Nurse Practitioner

 

Dorie Saunders

Dorie Saunders is a highly trained, board certified family nurse practitioner at Texas Pain Network. Throughout her extensive training in cardiovascular disease, Dorie has primarily focused on the management of chronic venous disease. Dorie played a crucial role in the creation of a vein clinic at her previous practices in Tomball and Houston, Texas. She was the primary healthcare provider in the clinic responsible for evaluating, managing and treating those patients with chronic venous insufficiency. In her doctoral studies her research focused on chronic venous insufficiency. Her scholarly project revealed the importance of implementing the venous clinical severity score to measure clinical outcomes in the treatment of vein disease. Dorie has been well trained on the treatment of venous insufficiency and has performed numerous procedures including endovenous radiofrequency ablation, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and cosmetic sclerotherapy. 

 

Dorie received her nursing education in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing in 1999. She pursued further education and training at Texas Woman’s University in Houston where she completed her Master of Science in Nursing in May 2008. She achieved academic excellence and was invited to join Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, which she gladly accepted. After graduation she successfully became board certified to practice as a nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dorie did not stop there and went on to pursue a doctoral degree. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Texas Woman’s University in Houston graduating in May 2018. 

 

Although Dorie was not born in Houston, she considers herself a native Houstonian. She was raised in Northwest Houston and recently relocated to the Metroplex. Dorie is happily married and has three children, four including her son-in-law and one granddaughter. She loves to travel, try new foods and restaurants and enjoys practicing yoga. Her favorite thing is spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter! 

 

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