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Vein Disease

Varicose Vein Treatment in Denver and Colorado Springs

Varicose veins are primarily caused by faulty valves in the superficial veins located in the lower extremities. When these valves fail to function properly the blood flow moves the wrong direction increasing the load on the surface veins near the skin. These surface veins cannot compensate for this increase in volume causing the veins to bulge and twist like a knotted rope, often appearing dark purple or blue, requiring vein treatment.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Aching and Pain
  • Leg Cramps
  • Heaviness
  • Itching and Burning
  • Restless Legs
  • Ankle Swelling
  • Tiredness and Fatigue
  • Throbbing
  • Skin changes or skin ulcers

Clots also can form within these veins due to slow or stagnant blood flow, ultimately leading to phlebitis. When phlebitis develops, the clot area may become painful, hot, red and swollen. One of the serious reasons you should seek treatment early for your varicose veins is to prevent the possibility of developing phlebitis. In addition, long term untreated varicose veins can also cause discoloration (brown or redness) of the ankle eventually leading to ulcers. Seek treatment early for your varicose veins to avoid any of these additional issues. At the Albert Vein Institute, varicose veins and vein disease are diagnosed by a thorough physical examination, accompanied by a non-invasive ultrasound test to determine the location of the abnormal valve or valves within the veins. Treatment options include non-invasive endovenous laser ablation procedures to close the underlying abnormal saphenous veins, ambulatory phlebectomy to remove varicose veins, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat perforator veins. Thanks to ongoing advances in medical treatment and Dr. Albert’s dedication to staying on the cutting edge of technology, varicose vein treatment in Denver or at our Colorado Springs facility is performed using minimally invasive procedures, without the potential complications of general anesthesia. In many cases, the incisions are smaller than the head of a pin; recovery times are short, and results are long-term. 

Spider Vein Treatment in Denver and Colorado Springs 

Spider veins (telangectasias) are the very small veins seen at the surface of the skin often appearing red or purple. These veins received their name because they often have the appearance of a spider web and can be seen on the legs or face. Spider veins are usually cosmetic in nature, unless they are associated with leg symptoms. If they are accompanied by: heaviness, itching, burning, tiredness, ankle swelling, restless leg, or cramps… Spider veins may be indicative of superficial venous disease. When spider veins are accompanied with leg symptoms, a non-invasive ultrasound is performed to evaluate the superficial system and determine if there is a more serious underlying vein condition.

Spider veins that are not accompanied by symptoms can be treated with either sclerotherapy or surface laser. Sclerotherapy is the injection of a special solution into the vein to cause the vein to be reabsorbed by the body. You may need as little as one session or several depending upon the amount of spider veins that you have. Surface lasers are used on the smallest of spider veins and is the preferred method for facial veins.

Spider vein treatments do need touch ups from time to time, because as we age we will develop new veins. However, if you have had treatment in the past that was unsuccessful, please come in for a consultation as technique and solutions have changed throughout the years.