Vascular Solutions is a full-service destination for any type of vein problem.
We treat the full spectrum of vein disorders, ranging from simple cosmetic spider veins all the way through to complex vein problems and leg ulcers (wounds).
We commonly assess and manage the following vein-related problems:
Regardless of the nature (or severity) of the vein problem an individualized treatment plan is carefully formulated.
When selecting a vein-care or vascular center it may be prudent to ask the following questions:
At Vascular Solutions the answer is “yes” to all of the above.
Vascular surgeons are sub-specialty trained in the surgical (and procedural) treatment of vascular disorders. Dr. Ford is a board certified vascular surgeon. Given Dr. Ford’s requisite knowledge of vascular disease, he can accurately determine if your leg-symptoms are “vascular” in nature.
Vascular Solutions is a comprehensive vein and vascular center. We take exceptional care of patients, regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the problem.
When tiny veins just below the skin surface become damaged or abnormally dilated, it may be possible to see these veins through the skin.
The term “spider vein” refers to the “web-like” appearance of these tiny veins. Spider veins are <1mm diameter.
Spider veins can appear blue, purple, or red in color.
Spider veins are typically asymptomatic, and are usually a cosmetic concern.
Occasionally patients with spider veins will report tingling (or burning) in the area where the spider veins are located.
If you simply have scattered spider veins (<1mm in diameter) without symptoms (such as pain, aching, heaviness or swelling) you most likely do not require ultrasound evaluation.
For people with isolated skin-surface spider veins (with minimal or no symptoms) a variety of cosmetic options are available.
If you are interested in finding out more information about cosmetic options, or uncertain whether you would benefit from ultrasound imaging, Vascular Solutions offers free preliminary “vein-screening” consultations.
The purpose of a vein-screening consultation is to allow Dr. Ford to appraise the quality & severity of any symptoms (if present), evaluate the appearance of your legs, and determine whether ultrasound testing is indicated.
Dr. Ford will make a recommendation whether ultrasound testing may be beneficial in your situation.
Varicose veins are abnormally dilated veins, measuring more than 3mm in diameter.
The most common site of varicose veins is the legs.
Varicose veins can result in symptoms of leg fatigue, aching, discomfort, itching, and other symptoms.
Varicose veins can bulge, twist, and stand out visibly on the skin surface.
For patients with bulging, rope-like, or prominent varicose veins the diagnosis is self-evident.
Interestingly, people can have significant underlying vein disease without having visible varicose veins at the skin surface.
Common symptoms of underlying vein disease:
Common signs of underlying vein disease:
Leg symptoms related to vein disease are typically exacerbated by prolonged sitting and standing.
Venous reflux disease occurs when valves within the leg veins are damaged or not functioning correctly.
When the valves are not functioning correctly, blood can pool in the lower part of the legs.
Typical symptoms include discomfort/pain, swelling, heaviness fatigue, and bulging varicose veins.
Varicose veins can occur in both men and women, and can occur at any age.
In many patients, it remains difficult (if not impossible) to pinpoint a specific reason why varicose veins have developed.
Most patients with varicose veins have one (or more) of the following “risk factors”:
The ClosureFast procedure is a minimally-invasive intervention that allows problematic veins to be sealed closed.
The ClosureFast procedure is routinely performed in the office using local anesthetic.
This procedure involves temporary insertion a specially designed catheter into the target vein. At the completion of the procedure (after the vein is sealed) the catheter is completely removed.
Patients typically return to normal activity within a couple of days.
Traditional “vein-stripping” procedures involve utilizing surgical incisions to tie off the vein, and using a stripper tool to pull the target vein out of the body.
The ClosureFast procedure avoids the need for surgical cutdowns. The procedure is performed through a small puncture that usually measures only 5mm length. This dramatically reduces the risk of bruising and pain associated with vein stripping.
Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room, under a general anesthetic. The ClosureFast procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, typically using local anesthesia.
The ClosureFast procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, though patients normally spend 1-1.5 hours at the medical facility due to normal pre- and post-treatment procedures.
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 2-3 days of the procedure.
Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the ClosureFast procedure.
Only a physician call tell you if the ClosureFast procedure is a viable option for your vein problem. Experience has shown that the majority of patients with superficial venous reflux disease can be treated with the ClosureFast procedure.
The most important step in determining whether or not the ClosureFast procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination. Age alone is not a factor in determining whether or not the ClosureFast procedure is appropriate for you. The ClosureFast procedure has been used to treat patients across a wide range of ages.
The vein simply becomes fibrous tissue after treatment. Over time, the vein will gradually incorporate into surrounding tissue.
The VenaSeal Closure System is a product that is used to seal problem veins closed. This product became “FDA approved in 2015 after several years of rigorous scientific testing.
This procedure involves injecting a microscopic amount of adhesive polymer into the target vein via a long delivery catheter. The delivery catheter is removed at the end of the procedure.
This procedure uses a specially formulated medical adhesive, that has been designed and proven safe for administration into humans. Once injected the adhesive seals the target vein closed within seconds.
The VenaSeal adhesive is colorless (transparent) and is quite viscous.
VenaSeal comes packaged in a small jar that holds 5mls of adhesive (ie. 17% of a fluid ounce).
One small jar of adhesive is enough to seal off the longest vein in the body. Due to the high potency of the adhesive only a microscopic amount is required to seal the vein.
The VenaSeal adhesive sets rapidly within seconds.
Manual pressure is gently applied to the skin overlying the vein for 3 minutes at the upper portion of the treatment zone, to facilitate complete bonding and occlusion of the vein. The delivery catheter gets sequentially pulled back in 3cm increments, with manual pressure being applied to the skin overlying the vein for 30 seconds at each segment. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.
VenaSeal has a 99% primary technical success rate.
Varithena microfoam is a product that can be used to seal dysfunctional problem veins in the legs.
The microfoam gets injected into the target vein using ultrasound guidance via a thin micro-catheter.
The foam causes immediate spasm and blockage of the target vein. Over the following few weeks the target vein contracts and regresses.
Phlebectomy is a common procedure used to treat bulging, ropey leg veins.
To allow the procedure to be performed comfortably, local anesthetic is administered around the target vein. A tiny skin puncture is made with the tip of a needle over the target vein. A small hook is then used to remove the vein through the micro-incision.
Removing veins via phlebectomy restores normal skin contour, which optimizes cosmetic outcomes for patients with bulging veins.
Sclerotherapy is a quick office-based procedure that uses a small needle (similar in size to an acupuncture needle) to inject liquid medicine into small surface veins, which causes the target veins to contract, regress and fade.