If you’re tired of living with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, it may be time to see a vein specialist.
Our team has helped many people address the medical challenges associated with vein problems. We offer procedures to make your leg veins less visible, and treatments to improve pain or other symptoms. We’ll also help you prevent serious complications such as blood clots in the leg.
Who Should See a Vein Specialist?
Your veins contain tiny valves that help blood move in the right direction. If these valves don’t work properly, then your blood doesn’t flow properly. And when the blood in your lower extremities can’t travel back up toward your heart, it may pool in your legs and feet.
Over time, this causes problems ranging from bulging veins and open wounds to dangerous blood clots.
Our team has experience treating mild and serious vein problems, including:
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Deep vein thrombosis
- May-Thurner syndrome
- Varicose veins
- Venous ulcers
Treatment for Varicose Veins and Other Vein Disorders
Whether your vein problem causes clotting, bleeding or uncomfortable symptoms, you’ll find complete care at Centra. We offer several outpatient treatments that have minimal side effects and downtime:
- Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). We use laser heat to shrink and permanently close problem veins. This treatment is also known as endovenous laser ablation.
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. This procedure treats large veins that are not visible on the skin’s surface. We use ultrasound imaging to find them and inject a chemical solution that seals them shut.
- Phlebectomy. We make tiny incisions in the leg and remove problem veins located near the skin’s surface. The incisions are so small that they heal on their own without stitches.
Expert Care for Deep Vein Thrombosis
One of the most serious vein problems is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. It occurs when a blood clot forms inside one of the deep veins found in muscles. These clots can travel to your lungs and get stuck, causing a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (or venous thromboembolism).
It’s important to know the symptoms of DVT so you can seek prompt medical care.
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of DVT:
- Swelling in one leg
- A feeling of warmth in the swollen leg, with or without skin reddening or discoloration
- Leg pain, especially in the calf area
If your doctor orders an imaging test to confirm or rule out DVT, our team will make sure you receive it that same day. If we find a blood clot, you’ll be referred to our DVT clinic for rapid treatment.
The goal of DVT treatment is to make sure the clot doesn’t grow, and to prevent it from breaking off and traveling to your lungs. Your treatments may include one or more of the following:
- Blood thinners. A medication that prevents clots from getting bigger, and reduces your risk of developing additional clots. You may need to take blood thinners for several months or longer.
- Thrombolytics. These special medications help dissolve severe blood clots.
- Blood clot filter. If you can’t take blood thinners or thrombolytics, your doctor may implant an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter into a large vein in your abdomen. The filter traps blood clots so they can’t travel to your lungs. We can also remove this filter if your doctor decides you no longer need it.
Once you have DVT, you have a higher chance of developing it again. Our team will make sure you’re taking the right precautions to prevent future clots, and will monitor your health long-term.
All outpatient vein procedures are performed at our facility in Lynchburg. Our vein specialists also see patients for consultations and follow-up visits at the four locations below:
Why Choose Centra for Vein Care?
If you’re looking for expert vein treatment, you’ll find it right here in central Virginia. We’ll help get your symptoms under control and have you back on your feet in no time. Patients also choose us because:
- We offer concierge-style guidance and support. When you receive vein treatment at Centra, you’re assigned ;a personal nurse navigator. You can turn to your navigator whenever you have questions about your care or need help understanding what to expect before, during and after your treatment.
- We proactively screen patients for other vascular conditions. Instead of just treating our patients’ symptoms, we look for other conditions that have similar symptoms. For example, if you have frequent leg pain or chronic leg wounds, we’ll order tests to& confirm whether you have venous insufficiency or peripheral artery disease. This ensures you receive the right diagnosis and the right treatment, with a lower risk of serious complications.