South Texas Vein Institute is located in Edinburg, Texas. It is a full-time medical practice run by Dr. Carlos Garcia-Cantu and Dr. John G. Orfanos, who perform all of the procedures. They specialize in treating patients with reticular, spider and varicose veins. They use non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation to reduce the amount of time the patient spends in recovery. They also stress the importance of follow-up, for they have often found that many patients have more than one diseased vein. ELVeS® stands for “Endo-Laser Vein System,” and it is a minimally-invasive laser treatment used to treat varicose veins.
During this laser treatment at our office in Edinburg, the lasers seal the varicose vein shut, so blood will be rerouted through healthy veins. The body eventually absorbs the treated vein. ELVeS® can be used to treat varicose veins of practically any size, and it is particularly useful in treating varicose veins that are too large to be effectively treated through sclerotherapy.
ELVeS® laser treatment is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in the comfort of our office in Edinburg. Our doctor can use ultrasound to locate and map the varicose vein. He will then insert a narrow laser fiber into the patient’s skin and work it into the varicose vein. The doctor then turns the laser on, and the resultant heat seals the vein shut. Walking and the use of compression stockings after the procedure can help to reduce the severity of side effects.
Other treatments offered at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg include the following:
• Conservative treatments
• Endovenous laser ablation
• Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Conservative treatments are therapies that do not involve procedures. They can include medication or compression stockings. Other conservative treatments are lifestyle changes needed to improve vein health, and they can include exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting. Often times, conservative treatments are combined with procedures for optimal results.
Conservative treatments are recommended for patients who are too ill to safely undergo procedures. They are also prescribed to patients who have just undergone a procedure to promote healing and improve the health of their veins.