The Vein Treatment Center ©
Dr. Luis Navarro, MD, FACS
327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
The Vein Treatment Center ©
Established in 1982, The Vein Treatment Center © is the leading New York City medical facility specializing exclusively in the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and related venous disorders.
The methods developed at the facility, including Endonvenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) and now Painless Sclerotherapy, have revolutionized the specialty and are used by physicians worldwide.
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Dr. Luis Navarro, a Board Certified Phlebologist and vascular specialist, has devoted his professional life to the development of treatments for venous disorders. He has pioneered numerous non-invasive procedures, including EVLT, Combined Therapies, and now PAINLESS SCLEROTHERAPY.
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What is vein stripping? A common surgical procedure for the treatment of varicose veins is vein stripping, is known to remove veins that are causing problems. Vein stripping is not only limited to the treatment of varicose veins. It is also used to treat chronic venous disease or venous reflux. It involves removal or stripping of the vein using minimal incisions.
Your doctor will give you either general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia, depending on which one is the best for you. General anesthesia puts you to sleep during the procedure, whereas spinal anesthesia numbs the lower body, and you stay awake during the procedure. If you feel nervous about the spinal anesthesia, then the doctor might give you an anti-anxiety medication beforehand.
The doctor or surgeon will make several small incisions near the top and bottom of the damaged vein. The doctor will make one of the incisions on your groin and the other farther down your leg. The other incisions will be either on your calf or on your ankle. The surgeon will then insert a thin, flexible plastic wire through the groin incision. The surgeon will then tie the wire to the vein for its stripping. Then they will pull the wire through the incision in the leg, and as the wire pulls out the vein strips out of the body.
In the end, the surgeon will close the incisions with stitches and secure the stitches with bandages. The surgeon will also give you compression stockings to wear to apply pressure for normal blood flow and to avoid postoperative bleeding.
Before you go for a vein stripping surgery, your doctor will take a medical examination. This will help your doctor to know exactly where the non-working or diseased valves are present. The doctor will take an ultrasound to view the veins. They might need to use a few ultrasound devices for a better and clearer image. Duplex scan is specially used to view the veins and measure the amount of blood flowing through them. The scans and ultrasound will help find any clots or thrombosis in the veins.
Tell your doctor about any medications or over-the-counter drugs you are taking. The doctor might tell you to stop taking them temporarily so that there is no risk of heavy bleeding during the procedure.
On the day of the surgery, make sure you have a friend or family member with you to drive you back home. General anesthesia will obviously make you drowsy, and you will not be able to drive.
Usually, it takes two to four weeks of recovery time after the vein stripping surgery, but this also depends upon how many veins were stripped and how near or far they were located.
After vein stripping, there will be pain and discomfort. To deal with the pain, your doctor will prescribe medications. For the next three to four days, it is necessary that you let your body rest. Your doctor will also tell you to stay off your feet and avoid physical activities in the first four days. During this period, you have to make sure to elevate your legs when sitting. You can also prop your legs with pillows or cushions. Elevating your legs will help in maintaining the normal blood flow and in quick recovery. By the fourth week or after recovery can return to normal activities.
As with any surgical treatment, vein stripping can lead to some complications. There is a possibility of allergic reactions after surgery. Post-operative bleeding can take place afterward, so doctors use compressive pads over the area. If there is a serious problem regarding the clotting of blood, it might lead to deep vein thrombosis. Other risks include bruising or scarring, infection, and nerve injury.
It is important that you visit an expert, well-experienced, and highly skilled doctor for vein stripping. When you have a skilled and experienced surgeon performing vein stripping, you have to worry least about the risks of vein stripping. To avoid these complications, it is also necessary to tell your doctor of any medical history, some other disease, or medication.
If you have these symptoms, then vein stripping is the right treatment option for you:
If you have had treatment for varicose vein, but you are again facing vein insufficiency problem, then vein stripping is the surgical treatment you should go for.
If you have any of the following conditions, then you are not eligible for vein stripping surgery.
At The Vein Treatment Center ©, we have certified, well experienced, and highly skilled doctors who specialize in vein stripping. We ensure a smooth, comfortable experience with minimal pain.
Skin sores can be incredibly painful. Venous ulcers are a type of skin ulcer that develops mostly on the legs. Venous ulcers develop when your leg veins don’t function adequately, i.e., pushing blood back to the heart normally. Due to weak circulation, blood begins to pool in the veins, thereby forming an open sore in the affected limb.
Venous ulcers, also known as venous leg ulcers, usually take a long time to heal. The open sores may last from a few weeks to years. Most venous ulcers develop on the leg above the ankle. They may lead to serious skin problems if not timely treated.
When blood is collected in the lower leg veins, it causes blood cells and fluid to leak out into the skin. The fluid can cause itchiness and skin thinness, which eventually leads to changes in the skin, called stasis dermatitis.
Some other signs of a venous ulcer include:
If you don’t take care of the venous ulcer, it may become infected. In that case, you are likely to develop the following symptoms:
The main cause of venous ulcers is the increased pressure on the veins of your lower leg, usually above the ankle. The leg veins have one-way valves that ensure blood flow in an upward direction.
However, when the valves become weak or veins get clogged, blood starts flowing backward, thereby accumulating in the legs. This is called venous insufficiency, which exerts high-pressure on the leg veins.
Due to the increased pressure and fluid build-up, supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is affected. When cells don’t get enough nutrients, they begin to die, damage the tissues and lead to wound formation.
Venous ulcers are not very common and affect only 1% of Americans. Of all age groups, older people, especially women, are more susceptible to develop venous ulcers.
Venous ulcers are hereditary; your vulnerability increases when someone in your family has had venous leg ulcers. Besides genes, age, and gender, other factors that increase your risk of having venous ulcer include:
If the wound does not heal with time or gets infected, you must visit a doctor –preferably a specialist. Essentially, the doctor will quickly examine the sore and the surrounding skin to check whether the problem is a venous skin ulcer.
The doctor may also take your brief medical account, especially if you are living with a chronic condition, such as heart diseases or diabetes. In some cases, the doctor may conduct some screening tests, such as a CT scan or X-rays, for a detailed examination.
It is important to get an ulcer treated because it can lead to serious skin and bone infections. In severe cases (though rare), an ulcer may develop into skin cancer. Even if the ulcer is at the primary stage, treatment is crucial to alleviate pain, stop the wound from getting bigger, and prevent infection.
Follow the instructions of the doctor to take care of the wound. Some of the ways include:
If the ulcer gets infected, the doctor may prescribe some antibiotics to prevent further complications. Your doctor may also prescribe a topical medication, such as an ointment, for the ulcer.
You may also need to wear compression stockings or bandages over the dressing. Compression stockings help reduce the swelling and close the wound. It also helps improve blood circulation, thereby strengthening your immune system to heal the wound.
If the venous ulcer has occurred due to varicose veins, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive surgery to improve the blood flow and heal the ulcer.
Sclerotherapy – the doctor injects a chemical solution in the varicose vein. It causes the veins to irritate and stick together, thereby preventing the blood from flowing downward.
Phlebectomy – the doctor makes small incisions near the varicose vein and then remove it through small punctures.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy – the procedure is performed under anesthesia. During EVLT, the doctor cuts the damaged vein and then inserts a laser fiber. When the heat is directed at the vein, it gets destroyed.
If you find the symptoms of a venous ulcer or related conditions, such as varicose veins, consult a vascular surgeon. The Vein Treatment Center provides the best medical facilities for leg ulcers, including EVLT and Painless Sclerotherapy®. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with the best vascular surgeons in NYC.
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