At the Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona we refuse to use outmoded vein procedures such as phlebectomy, or vein stripping, as these are painful procedures with extremely slow healing times.
"The Advanced Vein Institute is the newest and most modern vein treatment center in Arizona."
We have a combined 30+ years of experience in vein therapy and we continue to lead the way in advanced Arizona vascular procedures.
Varicose Vein Treatments
There are several modern vein care procedures for varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiency and other vascular disease which cause minimal pain (if any) and have very fast recovery times. Procedures typically take less than an hour and are in-office.
In simple terms, vein specialists seek to close off or destroy the dysfunctional vein so the body will re-route blood flow through the many healthy veins that remain. You don't have to live with varicose veins painful scenario any longer.
The five solutions we employ for vein treatment are:
Medical Adhesive (VenaSeal™ Closure System)
The VenaSeal™ procedure is a revolutionary new varicose vein treatment and is the only FDA approved procedure to use medical adhesive (medical grade super glue) to close diseased superficial veins. Once the vein has been glued shut, it will undergo a process of hardening (referred to as Sclerosis), blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg and the affected varicose vein will be gradually absorbed by the body. The procedure is very safe and minimally invasive.
Laser Treatment (Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Ablation or Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLA/EVLT) is a minimally invasive option for treating great saphenous vein incompetence. This in-office vein surgery usually takes less than an hour and utilizes laser energy to ablate, or destroy, the dysfunctional vein. A local anesthetic or light sedative may be used during the procedure.(Learn More - Watch the Video)
Radiofrequency Ablation (ClosureFast Radiofrequency Procedure)
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) revolutionized the management of superficial venous reflux disease and varicose veins more than fifteen years ago. Over the past several years a similar minimally invasive treatment was introduced which relies on radio frequency energy (electricity) to collapse the vein instead of using laser energy. Other than that, the two procedures are close to identical. The updated procedure is called Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and based on our experience, numerous clinical research findings and feedback from our patients, we will usually recommend radio frequency ablation over laser vein treatment for higher success rates and even less pain.
ClariVein Varicose Vein Treatment
In-office extremely safe and minimally invasive procedure that applies vein closure medication directly in the diseased superficial vein. ClariVein eliminates the need for multiple injections of a local anesthetic (tumescent anesthesia) and is considered as effective as Endovenous Laser Ablation but does not involve the use of energy.
Sclerotherapy is a very popular procedure used to treat deficient blood vessels, usually small varicose and spider veins. Using a very small needle, a sclerosant (chemical foam or liquid) is injected into the offending vein and acts as an irritant to the vein walls which causes them to close and be dissolved by the body. The solutions most commonly used to treat spider veins are sodium tetradecyl sulfate (sometimes referred to as “saline”) and polydocanol (Asclera, Varithena). Either solution causes minor itching and inflammation which lasts about an hour.(Learn More - Watch the Video)
Diagnosis of Vascular Disease
It is imperative that every patient considering vein treatment of any kind first go through full diagnosis with Duplex Ultrasound Screening by a certified vein specialist. This is vitally important because a patient may believe their vascular concern is only mild or cosmetic, often there is a larger underlying concern such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Venous Reflux Disease. Full Vein Screening with a Venous Duplex Scan is performed on every patient at Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona.
Venous Duplex Scan
Each patient at Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona undergoes an in-depth duplex ultrasound to identify and gauge abnormal valve and vein function. We use cutting-edge imaging capabilities, ZONE Sonography® Technology (ZST), to allow your provider to determine which veins are normal and which require treatment or monitoring. The ultrasonographer evaluates the blood flow and maps the venous system of both lower extremities.
You may feel some discomfort or pressure if your leg is tender prior to the scan, however, this examination is typically painless. It takes approximately 1 hour to complete this ultrasound, and patients should be very well hydrated prior to their appointment. We ask all patients to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day for the three days leading up their initial ultrasound, and avoid compression stocking use the day of the evaluation.
Ultrasound and ABI
We work very closely with podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons to provide preoperative peripheral arterial screening. It is important for patients undergoing lower extremity surgical intervention, that circulation in the legs is evaluated and found to be within normal limits, in order to ensure appropriate healing and minimize the risk of post procedure complications such as infection or blood clots. At Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona, our ultrasonographers and providers take the time to thoroughly evaluate your lower extremity circulation and review your medical history, to ensure that your recovery from lower extremity surgery is not compromised by a potential undiagnosed vascular disease.