Varicose Vein Treatments In Fort Worth, TX

Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins at the surface or below the surface of your skin which can be bulging, twisted or ropey, and which are caused by venous insufficiency. These veins can be unsightly and can cause unwanted discomfort such as aching, pain, itching, cramping and restlessness. Thankfully, they are easily treated, and vein procedures are frequently covered by insurance.

Many adults who live with the symptoms of varicose veins are good candidates for treatment. Before seeking medical intervention, patients often try to manage their venous insufficiency with conservative remedies like elevating the legs and wearing compression stockings. In fact, if you hope to use your insurance benefits toward vein treatment, there is a high likelihood that use of compression stockings will be a prerequisite for coverage of treatment. Medical vein treatments like venous ablation and sclerotherapy may be necessary for a number of reasons, including:

  • Swollen, ropey veins are causing persistent or frequent pain.
  • Varicose veins have caused skin discoloration and/or ulceration.
  • It is necessary to elevate the legs often throughout the day in order to reduce symptoms.
  • Sleep is disrupted by leg cramps or restless leg syndrome.
  • It is not possible to work full-time or perform normal household tasks due to pain or other discomfort.

Vein treatments can be an excellent choice for adults who are not pregnant or breastfeeding and who wish to look and feel better.

All of the vein procedures performed by Dr. Oswalt have been around for many years. Each has been carefully screened through clinical research and have been found to have more benefits than risks. Generally speaking, these nonsurgical vein procedures are considered very safe.

Varicose veins are quite treatable. We offer patients a variety of varicose vein treatment procedures, including endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. All vein treatments work by sealing off veins with unhealthy valves. Blood circulation is then rerouted to nearby veins with properly working valves, and the closed veins are gradually broken down by the body and absorbed. You can determine which vein treatment is right for you when you consult with our vein specialist. Dr. Oswalt is motivated every day by the results our patients receive through their chosen vein treatments. During a consultation in our Fort Worth office, the doctor or PA will perform a thorough examination of the veins and will discuss detailed information regarding potential treatment options.

Varicose Vein Treatments We Offer

Thermal Ablation

There are two types of thermal (heat) ablation procedures that close down abnormal veins: Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation. Both of these treatments are FDA approved and performed in less than 30 minutes with success rates greater than 90% and very low recurrence rates. Patients can immediately return to normal activity that same day, with little or no pain.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

EVLA consists of inserting an FDA approved laser fiber into the affected vein. Laser energy (heat) is then delivered to the vein and seals it shut (ablation). Once the bad vein is closed, blood is naturally rerouted to the healthy veins which improves venous circulation.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

RFA consists of inserting an FDA approved catheter into the affected vein. Radiofrequency energy (heat) is then delivered to the vein and seals it shut like EVLA. Once the bad vein is closed, blood is naturally rerouted to the healthy veins which improves venous circulation.

Patient Testimonials

"My name is Joana and I have varicose vein issues on my right leg. I am sure , you the one that will read this post, can comprehend and relate to the pain and the ugliness, the tiredness that comes with them. Thank the Universe , I discovered Dr. Oswalt and he assisted me with the process of eliminating the bad veins so I don’t have to continue with the cruel pain and stiffness."

- Joanna I.

"Dr. Oswalt is very caring and knowledgeable! His staff all care for, and respect me. I have had wonderful results with all my treatments from them. I love going to them. Thank you!!"

- Beverly H.

Venaseal Closure System

The VenaSeal™ system is a form of ablation that improves blood flow by closing diseased veins with a medical adhesive (glue). A special catheter system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated adhesive to the diseased vein. The adhesive seals the vein, and blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Endovenous chemical ablation (also referred to as Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy) refers to the injection of a sclerosant medication into abnormal veins in order to seal them shut. As with other ablation procedures, the treatment is performed under ultrasound guidance to ensure safety and that blood flow is naturally redirected to healthy veins.

Varicose Vein Treatment - Before & After

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What Are the Benefits and Risks of Varicose Vein Treatment?

All of our vein treatments are minimally invasive, nonsurgical methods of removing poorly-functioning veins. They have been thoroughly tested through clinical trials and have a proven track record for successful vein removal. Patients can regain cosmetic satisfaction, comfort, and a better quality of life with procedures that require very little post-treatment care. No downtime is needed, though there may be a few activity restrictions for a short time after veins have been treated. For the most part, patients can quickly resume their normal activities the same day as their procedure.

All treatments that puncture the skin have some risks. Some possible risks of varicose vein procedures include:

  • Infection
  • Pain over the vein
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Nerve damage
  • Redness or swelling (inflammation) of the vein
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in skin color over the treated vein
  • Burns, in the case of thermal vein ablation

Some patients may have additional risks depending on their general health. It is important to disclose any health conditions or concerns during the consultation visit.

How to Prepare for Treatment?

Patients may be advised to avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements in the week prior to their vein treatment. Sun exposure should also be limited. The night before the appointment, patients should NOT apply lotion, oil, or other products to the treatment area.

What is the Recovery Process Like After Getting Varicose Vein Treatment?

There is no downtime required after varicose vein treatment. Compression stockings will be applied right after the procedure and will need to be worn for 7 days. The stockings help reduce swelling and aid the body in rerouting circulation to healthy veins. The patient will be encouraged to be walking right away and to continue to do so in the days following treatment.

Bruising is an expected side effect of vein treatment and can last a few weeks. Patients may also experience minor tenderness. Ice packs may be applied to the area over a thin towel or other fabric for 15 minutes at a time. When possible, the legs may be elevated to continue helping blood move efficiently against the force of gravity.

We recommend avoiding submerging in baths, pools or hot tubs for 48 hours following treatment. It is important to keep the tiny puncture wounds clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection.

Consultation for Varicose Vein Treatment in Fort Worth, TX

To learn more about the various Varicose Vein Treatments we offer, or to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation. Call 817-536-9600 or click here to send us a Consultation Request Form. Our practice looks forward to serving you!

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