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Varicose veins form when check valves in your veins fail. As the valves fail, backflow (reflux) of the venous blood occurs with the pooling of blood in the leg veins. Over time reflux leads to bulging varicose veins and symptoms including heaviness, aching, throbbing, burning, stinging, itching, night cramps, and even restless legs. There is hope that you can overcome these problems and get your life back. Our team at Vein Specialists of the South is here to guide you to Better Veins for Life®.
Dr. Kenneth Harper and his partner Dr. William Veale have helped more than 20,000 patients overcome the discouragement and frustration of unsightly and painful varicose veins and enjoy their lives again.
At VSS, custom treatment plans are developed by listening to your concerns, completing a detailed exam including a vein mapping ultrasound, and guiding you through your treatment options. The secret to success is identifying the underlying cause of the visible vein problem and creating a plan to deal with both. If you have underlying reflux in the ‘saphenous veins’ and varicose veins, we will most likely pair one of the ‘Endovenous Ablation’ modalities (which were pioneered in Georgia by Dr. Harper) with ambulatory phlebectomy.
For aching, burning, itchy, and bulging varicose veins, our treatment of choice is a minimally invasive procedure, micro ambulatory phlebectomy. By combining endovenous ablation (when needed) with ambulatory phlebectomy, you benefit from correction of the saphenous reflux and immediate removal of the painful and unsightly varicose veins. In selected cases, the bulging varicose veins may be treated with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (Varithena®). Clinical studies prove that treating your varicose veins reduces your risk of blood clots and improves your results.
The VSS walk in walk out…with little to no downtime® outpatient procedures are performed with gentle local anesthesia. Oral sedation and/or nitrous oxide are offered for anxious patients, though most patients find that no sedation is needed. The effects of the local anesthetic last for around 4-6 hours, which provides excellent pain management following your procedure.
With ambulatory phlebectomy, micro-incisions (2-3mm) are made and the diseased veins are gently removed with delicate, precision instruments. Because the incisions are tiny, they rarely require stitches, and even the largest varicose veins pass through them easily. Ambulatory phlebectomy provides immediate visual relief from your bulging and painful varicose veins.
*Individual Results May Vary
If you are discouraged because of your varicose vein symptoms of cramping, restless leg, burning, swelling, aching, or heaviness of the legs, you may be a candidate for ambulatory phlebectomy.
If you are embarrassed by visible bulging leg veins and don’t enjoy your favorite shorts or swimsuit, you may be a candidate for ambulatory phlebectomy.
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Your ambulatory phlebectomy begins with the identification and marking of the diseased veins, followed by the gentle application of tumescent local anesthesia. If requested, you may also be administered a mild oral sedative. The bad veins are gently removed through micro-incisions (2-3) mm). Once treatment is completed, your legs are bandaged. You can expect the procedure and immediate aftercare to take several hours, as we ensure the best possible outcome for you.
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The results of your ambulatory phlebectomy are immediately visible. Complete healing may take several days to a few weeks, but your bulging veins are gone. Your vein related symptoms subside as you heal.
There is little to no downtime in most patients. You may expect some bruising and swelling for several days, but compression stockings are recommended for faster healing. Most patients return to work within a day or two, and gentle daily exercise, such as walking, is encouraged.
Dr. Harper and Dr. Veale, along with their dedicated staff at Vein Specialists of the South, have been serving Georgia for more than 20 years with the mission of ‘the best vein care, with WOW service’. VSS is the areas first and only IAC Accredited Vein Center. VSS also has an IAC Accredited Vascular Lab for Venous Testing. You can trust you are in good hands and receiving the best for all your vein care needs.
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Since 1997 Vein Specialists of the South has helped thousands of patients like you with varicose veins, spider veins, and leg swelling. Dr. Kenneth Harper a leader in vein health is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Vein and Lymphatic Medicine. Terri Harper, MSN, FNP-C, is a leader in the field of cosmetic spider vein education. Our dedicated nurse injectors have been trained by the best.
At VSS we have a passion for veins big and small. Serving more than 20,000 patients, Vein Specialists of the South is committed to bringing you Better Veins for Life®. Call today to schedule an appointment with the VSS team, ‘where veins are not just one thing we do, they are the only thing we do.’
*Individual Results May Vary
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