Though varicose veins are often viewed as more of a cosmetic concern, they could lead to more severe circulation issues like venous insufficiency when left untreated. Dedicated to improving your health on the inside and out, board-certified general and vascular surgeon, David W. Ranson, MD, FACS, performs VenaSeal™ to get rid of unsightly varicose veins. To learn more about the in-office treatment, call the practice in South Charleston, West Virginia, or request an appointment online today.
Varicose veins are bulging, twisted blood vessels that form under your skin, affecting that area's tone and texture. You can develop varicose veins anywhere on your body, but they most often occur on the legs.
Though often considered a cosmetic problem, varicose veins develop from weakened vein walls or damaged vein valves.
When your veins are healthy, the walls of your veins contract and relax to help push blood back toward your heart. The valves that line your veins open to help move the blood forward and close to prevent blood from pooling backward.
When a vein's structure becomes weakened or damaged, the blood in these vessels refluxes backward and builds up. This process creates the gnarled and enlarged varicose vein.
In addition to affecting the appearance of your legs, varicose veins may progress to a more serious circulatory condition called venous insufficiency. The varicosities may also cause other symptoms, such as pain or swelling in the legs or ankles.
Dr. Ranson offers many treatment options for varicose veins, including the innovative VenaSeal procedure.
VenaSeal is a nonthermal vein closure system that treats varicose veins. The system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to seal — or close — your dysfunctional vein. Your body then reroutes the blood to a nearby healthy vein, causing the unhealthy vein and related symptoms to disappear.
VenaSeal is a more comfortable experience than other varicose vein treatments.
Dr. Ranson also offers radiofrequency ablation using the ClosureFast™ procedure for the treatment of varicose veins.
VenaSeal is a simple, outpatient procedure that Dr. Ranson performs right in the office without the need for anesthesia. He uses a special catheter to place the adhesive into the diseased vein and applies pressure to seal the vein closed. Then he removes the catheter and covers the wound with a bandage.
With VenaSeal, you can expect less pain, less bruising, and shorter recovery time when compared to thermal ablation. Plus, there's no need to wear compression stockings after the procedure.
Treating your varicose veins may reduce your risk of developing more serious circulation problems. For a simple treatment that requires no downtime, contact the office of David W. Ranson, MD, FACS, to learn more about VenaSeal.