Vein problems are incredibly common. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder. Specifically, 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and/or spider veins. A number of factors contribute to vein problems, including genetics, being overweight, female, pregnant and/or spending a lot of time on your feet.
The fact that modern-day treatment is relatively simple is great news to the millions of Americans who suffer from varicose veins. Veins are designed to return blood from the legs back to the heart. When veins become varicose or enlarged, blood will pool in these superficial veins rather than efficiently emptying out of the legs. This excess blood, and the pressure that results, stretches and dilates the veins and often leads to symptoms of aching, heaviness and fatigue.
Treatment for vein problems has become much less invasive over the last 10 years. In the past, treatment meant surgery: incisions, anesthesia, pain, and a long recovery. Now, vein issues can be treated using more effective and less invasive procedures.
One interesting new treatment for varicose veins is known as sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a small volume of liquid into the diseased vein. The sclerosing solution causes the abnormal vein to close. This procedure uses a very fine needle that is nearly pain-free, and extremely effective in treating varicose veins.
Another interesting treatment is known as endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT). In EVLT, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein. Laser energy is then delivered through a fiber, causing the vein to close. The loss of the diseased vein does not compromise the circulatory system, since blood will flow through other healthy veins after the procedure.
The best part about these new technologies? There is no down time with sclerotherapy or ablation therapy. A compression stocking may be required for a few days, but, normal activity is encourag
If you have bothersome veins and would like evaluation by one of our board-certified vascular surgeons, please contact the Emory Vein Center for a consultation. Your legs will thank you!
Call 404-778-VEIN or request an appointment online today!
About Dr. Rheudasil
Mark Rheudasil, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University in Texas and he earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1983. He completed a general surgery internship and residency program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and also completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory University in 1989.
Dr. Rheudasil is a board certified vascular surgeon. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. He is also a member the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery and is a past President of the Georgia Vascular Society and the Atlanta Vascular Society.
Dr. Rheudasil has published articles in several medical journals including The Journal of Vascular Surgery, American Surgeon and The Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. He has lectured at the regional and national level on a variety of topics in vascular surgery.