The Venefit Procedure (formerly known as the VNUS Closure Procedure) is a popular and effective, minimally invasive outpatient procedure for the treatment of varicose veins, venous reflux and venous insufficiency. Most insurance companies have recognized treatments for venous reflux and painful varicose veins to be medically necessary if you have attempted conservative treatment for 3 months without relief (elevation, compression hose, exercise and weight control).More >>
Atherectomy is a minimally invasive treatment used to remove plaque buildup inside of large blood vessels. Typically, the vascular surgeon will access the patient's blood vessel via a small incision in the groin. A catheter is then advanced to the part of the vessel that has too much plaque buildup. Techniques used to remove the plaque include spinning the catheter in a circular motion, back and forth motion of the catheter, orbital devices advanced inside of the catheter, More >>
For extensive blood clots, a minimally invasive procedure known as a catheter directed thrombolysis can be performed. Clot busting medications are placed directly into the clot with a catheter that can immediately break down the clot. Angioplasty and stenting may also be used in conjunction with this technique if abnormal lesions are found.
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that may be recommended to widen or open narrowed or blocked arteries. An angioplasty usually takes 1-2 hours to perform and can be done on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the artery in your arm or groin. The catheter is guided through your arteries to the blocked area. Once in the blocked or narrowed spot, a balloon is inflated and deflated.More >>
This is an effective procedure for the elimination of spider veins. It involves injecting a chemical agent into the superficial diseased veins along with compression hose to help collapse the vessels. The vein stops carrying blood and therefore disappears with time (usually 2-4 weeks). It is done in conjunction with compression hose, and an average of 3-4 treatments is usually required for optimal results.
The duration of blood thinner treatment depends on the severity of the thrombus, or clot. Generally, blood thinners help to keep the clot from becoming larger as your body attempts to break down the clot over time. Blood thinners may be started as IV infusions or shots, and transitioned to oral medications, the most common one known as Coumadin.