The gold standard for diagnosing venous disease is the diagnostic ultrasound. The ultrasound allows Dr. Stafford to look under your skin at your veins to determine the underlying source of your specific vein problem. Whether you have varicose veins, leg swelling, or spider veins, the ultrasound will guide the formulation of your specific treatment plan. Dr. Stafford performs all the diagnostic ultrasounds himself at the time of the initial consultation.
Endoluminal Laser Ablation
The old surgical stripping of veins is a thing of the past. Endoluminal laser ablation is a procedure in which a smaller laser catheter is passed into the malfunctioning vein under ultrasound guidance through a tiny incision. The laser will burn the vein shut from the inside effectively relieving symptoms cause by the malfunctioning vein. This is all done in the office under local anesthesia and no stitches involved resulting in excellent cosmetic results. Many patients are back to work the next day and full activity in 3 days. At Venia, we utilize the Dornier 940 Diode Laser due to its long proven track record of superior results.
Dr. Stafford is the first physician in Northern Idaho to use VenaSeal™
VenaSeal™ is a revolutionary new product used to treat varicose veins. VenaSeal™ is a proprietary medical adhesive that is placed in the vein. This product seals off the vein and alleviates symptoms associated with that vein. The procedure is very safe and done in the office through a very small incision and local anesthesia. Patients leave the office with a band-aid for a dressing and there is no requirement to wear compression stockings after the procedure. Most patients are back to full activity including exercising the next day and no pain medication is needed.
In some cases, we will recommend a surgical procedure like Vein Ligation. It’s a minor surgery used to remove or tie off a damaged vein. An incision is made near the vein, and the offending vein is tied off to prevent back flow. This procedure may be performed on more than one vein during the same procedure.
Sclerotherapy has been a mainstay of treating smaller varicose veins and the blue veins that you can see through your skin for many years. At Venia, we only use FDA approved medication for our treatments. The visible veins are injected with a small needle and compression stockings are applied. Patients are allowed to drive themselves home or can return to work immediately after. It can take up to one month for the veins to disappear and may take more than one treatment depending on how many veins you have.
We maintain in-depth experience in the use of superficial laser for treating spider veins. Specifically, we utilize the Dornier MedTech Flexipulse laser – a state-of-the-art laser for such treatment. By aiming the laser at the spider veins, the energy is absorbed by the blood in the vein effectively burning the vein shut from the inside. The result is the spider vein is eliminated. This may take more than one treatment depending on how many spider veins you have.
We employ the most innovative methods to deliver comfort and satisfaction for all patients. So when it comes to the removal of the dilated, superficial, ropey like veins, we use Micro Phlebectomy. This procedure is used to treat painful and unsightly varicose veins. It is most effective for veins that are too large for sclerotherapy and too small for laser treatments. The veins are removed through 1mm incisions under local anesthesia. No stitches are used. This provides excellent cosmetic results.
Compression stockings have improved greatly over the years. Compression stockings or graduated compressions stockings are universally recommended for both non-surgical and surgical treatment of varicose veins. They can help alleviate symptoms and prevent progression of your veins. A range of fabrics and styles are available to meet comfort and fashion preferences.