Varicose veins and spider veins can be unsightly cosmetic concern for most people. However, for some people varicose veins and spider veins can cause a great amount of discomfort or pain which can lead to more serious problems.
At the Denton Vein Center our team of vein experts treat all vascular and vein disorders with a full array of therapeutic methods. Our board-certified vascular surgeon utilizes the most modern and minimally invasive techniques when it comes to vein treatment. Our team will work closely with you every step of the way to develop a personalized treatment plan that works best for you.
To learn more about your treatment options when it comes to varicose or spider veins, call (940) 387-7588 or schedule an appointment online with a vein expert.
Meet our surgeon
Anthony L. Rios, MD, RPVI, FACS is a board-certified vascular surgeon focused on all vascular and vein disorders including the latest options when it comes to treating varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Rios makes every effort to build relationships with each patient. By partnering with you and addressing your concerns, Dr. Rios will develop a personalized treatment plan that works best for you.
From heredity to obesity, there are a number of causes for varicose veins. Varicose veins typically looks like a twisted cord and appears mostly on the legs and feet, and can often times make your legs feel tired and swollen. At Denton Vein Center, our team of specialists will help you choose the right treatment option when it comes to chronic vein disorders ranging from non-invasive to minimally invasive treatment options.
Spider Veins are small, fine, blood vessels visible beneath the skin and appear most commonly on the face, thighs and feet. Spider veins are often considered a cosmetic problem, however, they can present a number of symptoms including achy or heavy feeling in your legs or a burning or throbbing sensation or a dull, throbbing pain. If you are concerned about how your veins look and feel, and measures you have taken have not stopped your condition from getting worse, you should see your doctor.
Our state-of-the-art therapy includes:
- Venefit™ Radiofrequency Ablation
- Minimally-invasive varicose vein removal
- IVC filter placement and removal
- Vascular stent placement
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis
- Duplex ultrasound screening
Conditions we treat
Leg swelling, varicose veins, spider veins, phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, iliac vein stenosis, venous ulceration, concurrent arterial disease, venous insufficiency, aortic aneurysm, carotid disease, peripheral arterial disease.
What to expect when you visit Denton Vein Center
When you make an appointment with us, our team of vein experts will provide a screening for signs and symptoms of venous disease. If necessary, we will then proceed with arranging an ultrasound, a non-invasive method to visualize the veins of the legs and to assess their function.
Our vascular surgeon is an expert who specializes in vein conditions and takes into consideration the treatment of all underlying vascular conditions. Patients often-times have underlying arterial conditions in addition to vein disease. Our surgeon will meet with you and obtain a thorough history of your symptoms. He will discuss with you how your symptoms affect your day-to-day activity and will perform a full examination of your arteries as well as your veins.
Our team will then provide a thorough assessment and devise a treatment strategy with you. There will be plenty of time to ask any questions you may have, and you should leave the office satisfied and with a full understanding of your vascular health.
Customized treatment plans
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Minimally-Invasive Phlebectomy
- Venous stent placement
- Transcatheter venous thrombolysis
- Inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval
- Angiography, arterial balloon and stenting
- Be sure to have someone drive you to and from your appointment if you take a sedative prior to your procedure.
- It’s important to drink plenty of fluids (No caffeine).
- Wear loose comfortable clothing to your procedure. Undergarments may get stained as the entire leg is prepped including the groin area.
- Your procedure will only take about 30 minutes, but in some cases you may have to spend a few hours with us.
- After treatment you may resume normal activity.
- Soreness, bruising and itching along the course of the treated vein may occur but usually resolves within a few weeks. Compression, cool-packs and time can help alleviate these symptoms.
- Once your procedure is done and you are back at home, you may experience some soreness as the day progresses. Some common side effects that may occur in the days following surgery include bruising, redness, tightness, swelling, and itchiness around the treated area.
- To help alleviate any discomfort, you may take Ibuprofen 400 mg every 6-8 hours unless instructed otherwise.
- If pain and or swelling becomes significant or if new symptoms appear, you should call our office for guidance.
- Wait at least one day before showing. Be sure to remove your outer dressings the day after your procedure before your shower.
- After your shower, apply your compression stockings and continue to wear them during the day for the next two weeks.
- You can resume daily activities as soon as you are discharged. After about 7-10 days following your procedure, you may resume strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Like any other time off from exercise, gradually ramp up the level of intensity.
- Avoid soaking in bathtubs, pools or immersion in water for at least 7 days to minimize the risk of infection.
- We will perform a venous ultrasound of the treated leg 2-3 days after your procedure to re-evaluate for deep vein thrombosis, although this is not a common occurrence.
- Before your scheduled surgery, a preoperative surgery nurse will contact you with arrival time and specific instructions.
- You will receive sedation in an operating room setting, so it’s important that you have someone there who can drive you to and from surgery.
- The surgery lasts about an hour depending on the number of veins removed.
- After surgery, there will be an outer surgical dressing in place. This dressing is to remain in place for 24 hours following your surgery.
- You will notice bruising and small incisions covered in a clear glue called Dermabond. The Dermabond will work its way off over the next few days to weeks. Do not remove this on your own.
- After removing your surgical dressing, continue to wear compression garments during the day for the next 1-2 weeks.
- Light activity is encouraged immediately after surgery, and you can resume your normal exercise routine 2 weeks after surgery.
- Avoid soaking in bathtubs, pools or immersion in water for at least 7 days to minimize the chance of infection.
- 1 month after surgery, you will follow-up with Dr. Rios in his office. Sometimes additional surgery is needed for varicose veins, but you should allow healing for 6-12 months prior to re-evaluation.
- Following successful treatment of varicose veins we will also re-evaluate the need to treat spider veins.
- On the day of your procedure you should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing to the office.
- The procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes to one hour.
- We will apply a sterile dressing which should be removed after 24 hours prior to showering.
- After showering, you should continue to wear compression garments for an additional 3 days, removing only to shower. Pat skin dry after showering.
- Avoid soaking in bathtubs, pools or immersion in water for at least 7 days.
- After 3 days, you should resume your usual schedule of compression stockings (during the day only) and remove them at night.
- After 2 weeks you may discontinue wearing compression garments altogether.
- If irritation is bothersome, cool packs may be helpful as well as some Tylenol. Avoid aspirin immediately following your procedure.
- You may resume full activity the day after treatment.
- Spider veins usually warrant more than one treatment session. Results will take several months to come to fruition. After 6 months to 1 year we will evaluate the need for additional treatment.