Tacoma Area Vein Treatment Services
at Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center
If you have been suffering with the discomfort and embarrassment of painful and unsightly varicose veins and spider veins, you will be happy to learn that a number of minimally invasive procedures have been developed in recent years to help you get rid of varicose veins and spider veins without painful and invasive vein surgery. Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center, a leading Tacoma area vein treatment center, offers a wide variety of treatments that offer excellent results with minimal down time.
Duplex Ultrasound / Vascular Laboratory
The first step in your treatment plan often involves the performance of a diagnostic ultrasound examination. This non-invasive, painless test will allow the clinicians to map the course of your veins as well as see how well blood is flowing through them. The results will be used to determine the extent of any vascular disease as well as map out a proposed treatment plan. We have, in our facility, a state of the art vascular lab – Northwest Vascular Diagnostic – that is staffed by registered vascular technologists (RVTs) who can perform a variety of vascular and cardiovascular screening examinations.
Sclerotherapy is widely recognized as the gold standard for the treatment of spider veins, and involves inserting a small tube into the vein and injecting it with a fluid called a sclerosing agent. This irritates the vein, causing it to shut down and become reabsorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is performed at our Tacoma area vein treatment facility under local anesthesia. Most patients resume regular activities less than 24 hours of sclerotherapy. Several treatment sessions may be required for best results. The Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center also offers foam sclerotherapy to get rid of varicose veins. Dr. Nordestgaard and his staff will explain your options and help you determine which procedure is best for you.
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
This type of sclerotherapy is used to get rid of varicose veins that might not be evident on the surface but which can still cause medical problems. The veins are injected with a foaming sclerosing solution, for better coverage, and an ultrasound is used for improved accuracy.
Laser Ablation – CTEV/EVLT
Laser ablation is an excellent alternative to painful and invasive vein surgery. Dr. Nordestgaard offers EVLT services which are performed under local anesthesia in the convenience of our Tacoma area vein treatment center. During laser ablation, a small catheter is inserted into the vein. A laser is then inserted through the catheter, and the heat of the laser seals the vein, which is then reabsorbed by the body. Our EVLT procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients resume routine activities shortly afterwards.
VNUS Closure® (Radio Frequency Occlusion)
VNUS Closure® is another minimally invasive and effective way to get rid of varicose veins without the need for traditional vein surgery. Like most of the procedures performed at our Tacoma area vein treatment facility, it requires only local anesthesia. During radio frequency occlusion, a small catheter, guided by an ultrasound, is inserted into the varicose vein. When the catheter is withdrawn, it emits radiofrequency energy, which causes the surrounding collagen to shrink and the vein to close.
Laser Treatment of Spider Veins
This treatment is ideal for smaller spider veins or broken capillaries which may appear unsightly on the surface of the skin. During the laser treatment, a laser, which emits a specific wavelength of light, is applied to the affected area. Upon contact with the skin, the light is converted to heat which breaks down the vein wall. Within a few weeks, the area heals and the spider veins disappear.
Performed under local anesthesia at our Tacoma area vein treatment center, ambulatory phlebectomy is used to get rid of varicose veins that appear on the surface of the skin. During this procedure, a tiny incision, so small that no stitches are required afterwards, is made in the surface of the skin. The vein is then removed through the opening. Patients are usually able to return to regular activities within 24 hours after the procedure. Dr. Nordestgaard will prescribe compression stockings to help patients heal after ambulatory phlebectomy.
EVLT is a registered trademark of Angiodynamics, Inc. (Queensbury, NY)
Closure® is a registered trademark of VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, CA)