South Texas Vein Institute is a full-time medical practice owned and operated by Drs. John Orfanos and Carlos Garcia-Cantu. Both are surgeons who have earned board certification from the American Board of Surgery. They both specialize in treating varicose, spider and reticular veins. Dr. Orfanos and Dr. Garcia-Cantu provide all vein treatments themselves.
What are Reticular Veins?
Reticular veins are clusters of veins just below the skin’s surface. They are smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins, and they can be green, blue or purple. Reticular veins most commonly develop on the backs of the legs or the inner part of the ankles or thighs.
Reticular veins are sometimes called feeder veins because they often feed into spider veins. Consequently, a patient seeking treatment for their spider veins needs to be checked for reticular veins first. Unless the feeder veins are treated, the spider veins will simply re-develop. In addition, the development of reticular and spider veins can indicate a more serious problem with the patient’s veins. Like spider veins, reticular veins are usually treated with sclerotherapy.
What is Meant By “Conservative Treatment?”
Conservative treatment describes therapies for maintaining or improving the health of one’s veins that don’t involve any procedures. Many of them are also lifestyle changes. Examples of conservative treatments include:
• Avoiding prolonged sitting or standing
• Regular cardiovascular exercise of the legs such as walking
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Compression stockings
• Keeping the leg elevated when resting
Conservative treatment can be used by patients who either have only very mild problems or by those who are confined to a wheelchair or bed. The latter are poor candidates for any procedures, so conservative treatments are their only choice. Conservative treatments can also be used by patients who have just undergone a procedure to speed healing and improve their health. Dr. Orfanos and Dr. Garcia-Cantu can help you learn more about your conservative treatment options during your consultation.
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?
Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. After administering a topical or local anesthetic, our doctor inserts a laser fiber into the patient’s skin and maneuvers it to the targeted vein. The laser heats the interior wall of the varicose vein and causes it to shrink and collapse. The body gradually absorbs the destroyed vein and reroutes the patient’s blood through healthy veins. A typical session takes less than 30 minutes.
The patient can generally return to work and resume most activities immediately after the procedure, but they should avoid strenuous exercise for at least a few days. Dr. Orfanos or Dr. Garcia-Cantu will also probably have them wear compression stockings for a time.
What is the ELVeS Laser?
Endo Laser Vein System, or ELVeS, is designed to treat varicose veins, especially those that are too large to be treated effectively with sclerotherapy. Large varicose veins can cause painful symptoms like swelling, aching or night-time cramping. They can also cause ulcers to form around the patient’s ankle. The ELVeS laser can remove such veins and is therefore a less invasive option than vein stripping and ligation, a surgical procedure in which the varicose veins are literally removed and tied off.
If you are dealing with spider or varicose veins, Dr. Orfanos and Dr. Garcia-Cantu can develop a personalized treatment plan for you at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.