If you are looking for vein treatment to get rid of varicose veins or spider veins in the East Bay area of Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley and Concord, Vein Specialists of Northern California has numerous options for spider vein treatment, varicose vein treatment, and treatment of other venous conditions.
With the rise of minimally-invasive vein treatment options like EVLT®, ClosureFastTM (formerly VNUS ClosureTM), and VenaSealTM, vein surgery (ligation & stripping) is usually no longer required. As one of the original clinical investigators for EVLT®, our Oakland area vein clinic has more experience than any other with these new techniques for vein removal.
Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Duplex ultrasound examination is used to determine vein treatment options for patients with varicose veins. This non-invasive, painless test allows visualization of blood flow within the veins. Ultrasound is used to assess the course and status of all of your veins and to determine where your varicose veins begin and end.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a liquid directly into your veins. The liquid acts to irritate and slightly damage the lining of these veins, causing them to collapse and shut down. After flow is eliminated, the vein dissolves over time. Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance, but not every affected vein will completely disappear as a result of vein treatment. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins should appear lighter. Two or more sessions are often required to achieve optimal results. Serious medical complications from sclerotherapy are extremely rare.
This new, minimally invasive procedure that we were chosen to be the first in the Bay Area to provide uses an advanced medical adhesive to coapt (close) the diseased vein in patients with symptomatic venous reflux disease (larger varicose veins). Unlike other heat based treatments, VenaSeal™ does not require the use of injected tumescent anesthesia, and eliminates the risk of nerve injury associated with thermal based procedures. This procedure is office based and done in under an hour.
Duplex-Guided Sclerotherapy (DGS) and Foam Sclerotherapy
For larger varicose veins well below the skin surface (and in the past only treatable by vein surgery), duplex ultrasound is used to identify these sources and to enable the physician to guide the tip of the injecting needle directly to these sites. A recent sclerotherapy innovation is the use of ‘foamed’ liquid. This less dilute solution allows lower injection volumes to achieve the same effect and the success rate is higher.
ClosureFastTM (formerly VNUS ClosureTM)
Also called RF ablation, in the ClosureFastTM procedure, the physician directs radiofrequency (RF) energy into the vein walls through a catheter inserted into the vein. Responding to the RF energy, the vein closes itself off by sealing shut and the body automatically redirects blood flow to healthier veins. Since the catheter is inserted through a very small nick in the skin, healing is swift. Patients experience little if any discomfort and enjoy a quick recovery.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT®)
EVLT® is a newer procedure that takes less than 1 hour to get rid of varicose veins. EVLT® uses laser energy delivered through a small fiber that is placed within the varicose vein. EVLT® is usually performed in the office with only local anesthetic. There is minimal to no pain and virtually no scarring. Patients walk right after the procedure and can usually resume normal activity the next day. Most patients will be required to wear compression stockings for two weeks after the vein treatment.
We invite you to contact our Walnut Creek / Oakland area vein treatment center if you live in the east bay or nearby in the greater San Francisco Area.