Vein Problems

Spider Veins

Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are small, red or blue veins that can be seen on the surface of the skin and affect over half of all adult women in the US. Some may be affected only by the changes in appearance, while others experience more painful symptoms. LSU Vein and Vascular specialists offer various advanced and effective procedures designed so safely eradicate spider veins, including:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

These procedures are proven to obtain the best results in the treatment of spider veins. Our experienced doctors find lasers to be ineffective in treating spider veins, because they do nothing to prevent reoccurrences. Spider veins and reticular veins can be treated with a mild detergent solution called Polidocanol. Polidocanol is used to collapse the veins, it can also be used in foam sclerotherapy which reduces the concentration of the solution for a more long-lasting result.

Our highly trained physicians are well equipped to administer each of these procedures, and are dedicated to ensure short recovery periods and permanent solutions. Our most cutting edge procedure, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy reduces the risk of blood pooling in the veins, and improve overall appearance. It is the fastest, most effective treatment for spider veins without the use of lasers or surgery.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, bulging veins often found close to the skin’s surface in the lower legs and feet. These veins receive a considerable amount of blood pressure due to the pressure we produce by walking, running, and standing, yet varicose veins do not occur due to weight, exercise, crossing the legs, wearing high heels, or walking on hard floors. Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins become weak, which allows blood to pool in your veins, then your veins enlarge and become varicose. Varicose veins are an inherited condition, they can appear during teenage years, during pregnancies, as well as later in life. Varicose veins are easily treated and here at LSU Vein we offer many different procedures to help you combat your varicose veins.

Varicose veins create more of a concern due to the risk of impeding blood flow and the return of oxygen-depleted blood from the lower legs to the heart and lungs. This is often the result of damaged valves within the veins that allow backward blood flow and pooling of blood. Varicose vein that are left untreated can lead to serious pain, inflammation and discoloration.

Some symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • An heavy feeling in your legs
  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
  • Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Itching around one or more of your veins

With our varicose vein surgery, we use ambulatory phlebectomy (small incisions or needle punctures), to remove the troublesome veins. A phlebectomy hook is inserted into a micro-incision in the leg and connected to a section of the vein. The vein is then removed through the incision. To minimize swelling and discomfort and maximize proper healing following this procedure, a compression bandage is worn for two weeks.