If unsightly bulging varicose veins and leg pain keeps you from work or play, we understand. We get it if you are concerned about your bad veins and the way they make your legs look and the way your legs feel. You may have adjusted your ‘choice of styles’ to hide your legs. And your leg pain and fatigue may be keeping you from enjoying your work, family, friends, and hobbies.
The good news is that you don’t have to settle for the status quo. You can enjoy Better Veins and a Better Life through ‘Comprehensive Vein Care®.’ We listen to your concerns, identify their root cause, and create a customized treatment plan to address your symptoms and cosmetic concerns. We offer the right procedure, for the right patient, at the right time – with VSS WOW service!
The venous system is a combination of pipes ‘your veins’, pumps ‘the calf muscles’ and one-way ‘vein’ check valves. When the system works efficiently your veins carry blood up your leg veins toward your heart even in the face of gravity.
Varicose Leg veins develop in the superficial leg veins when the venous system fails. The most common source of failure is with your one-way vein check valves. If they do not function properly, blood pools (reflux) within the affected veins. The pooling of blood results in bulging varicose veins. Over time, reflux leads to progressive varicose vein development and symptoms. Varicose veins include reticular varicose veins (1-3 mm) and bulging varicose veins (3mm or >).
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Varicose vein symptoms can be vague and can easily be missed by the patient and their doctors. Among these symptoms are heaviness, tired achy legs, leg swelling, throbbing/burning/itching, night leg cramps, and Restless Legs. The two most common reasons for patients with varicose veins to go to the ER is a bleeding varicose vein and blood clots. Delayed care can lead to skin changes and venous ulcers. You may be surprised to learn that you can have ‘hidden vein disease’ with vein reflux and symptoms without visible varicose veins.
As the leader in Comprehensive Vein Care®, VSS can get to the bottom of your concerns about your leg health. Having served more than 22,000 patients since 1996 at VSS, veins are not just one thing we do – they are the only thing we do.
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Conservative care is the cornerstone of the VSS Better Veins for Life® Principles designed to preserve your vein health.
Endovenous Thermal Ablation heat or ‘thermal’ energy treats the number one cause of varicose veins, reflux in the Great and/or Small Saphenous Veins. A tiny radiofrequency catheter or laser fiber is inserted into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. The heat energy seals the vein shut and the body absorbs the ‘bad’ vein over time. The long term success rate is above 95% in our hands.
VenaSeal™ is a ‘non-thermal’ based system to treat Saphenous Vein reflux. The Saphenous Vein is sealed with a medical-grade adhesive under ultrasound guidance. The need for local anesthesia is limited to the catheter insertion site. Saphenous reflux is reduced in > 95% of treatments, redirecting blood flow into the healthy veins, where it belongs.
Varithena® is a ‘non-thermal’ based system that uses a proprietary foam sclerosant to treat the refluxing Saphenous Veins, their tributaries or branch varicose veins. The injectable foam sclerosant damages the lining of the affected saphenous vein, which scars closed, redirecting the blood flow to nearby healthy veins.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive Walk in. Walk out.® treatment for bulging varicose veins. Large varicose veins can be removed under local anesthetic through tiny incisions (2mm) that rarely require stitches. It is a one and done procedure.
Sclerotherapy is used for recurrent varicose veins and saphenous reflux at VSS. A ‘foamed’ sclerosant Varithena® solution is injected into the veins collapsing the vessel and redirecting blood flow. If blood is ‘trapped’ in the treated segment of the vein, evacuation speeds healing. Additional treatments may be needed for a complete treatment of the refluxing veins.
Like most patients, your satisfaction is based on the relief of your symptoms and improvement in the appearance of your legs following your vein procedures. The severity of your vein problems and the procedure selected to correct them determines how quickly you’ll see results. With our VSS Better Veins. Better Life.® plan, most patients report immediate and dramatic improvement in both the symptoms and appearance of their legs.
Many things set VSS apart, but one of the most important is our approach to vein care. Unlike many other vein centers, we do not subscribe to a ‘wait and see’ attitude when treating your vein problems. Rather we prefer to treat the underlying cause of your vein problems, your visible bulging varicose veins and your cosmetic spider veins with a systematic plan that works.
Your customized plan treats the saphenous reflux (if needed) and the bulging varicose veins in the first wave of treatments. In 4-6 weeks you can begin your series of cosmetic sclerotherapy treatments for spider veins if present.
If you have saphenous vein reflux, it is corrected with an endovenous procedure and the venous blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins and symptoms improve quickly. We prefer ambulatory phlebectomy over the other options for bulging symptomatic varicose veins (‘wait and see’ and sclerotherapy). With this approach, your bulging veins and associated symptoms are ‘gone’ at the end of your procedure.
Don’t fall for the line that nothing can or should be done about your bulging veins and leg pain. At VSS our Better Veins. Better Life.® plan is a game-changer. Thousands of others just like you love the results and you can, too.
For each treatment option, you’ll receive comprehensive aftercare instructions specific to your condition and your procedure. Most patients return to normal day to day activities within 24-48 hours. Compression hose may be required. We request patients limit weight lifting, swimming or running for 7-10 days after most procedures.
Dr. Kenneth Harper, the director and founder of Vein Specialists of the South, focuses on office-based vein care with a quick return to normal activities. Dr. Harper was the first to perform the Endovenous Radiofrequency closure in the state of Georgia and has performed more than 18,000 vein treatments since the clinic’s opening in 1997. Get Better Veins for Life® with Vein Specialists of the South.
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.’
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“It’s not just one thing we do, it’s the only thing we do.”