Venous Disease Management
Venous Insufficiency Treatment
Laser (EVLT) Vein Closure: Using minimally invasive technique through a small puncture site just above the knee Dr. Wolcott is able to close the greater saphenous vein when indicated to help shunt blood through the more competent deep vein system. This helps with wound healing, lower extremity edema, and many other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. The procedure takes less than an hour with patients resuming normal activity that day. For more information on vein closure visit www.venacure-evlt.com.
Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy: Branch vericose veins below the knee with significant reflux are located using ultrasound. Then a sclerosing agent, polidocanol, is injected through a small needle causing these incompetent veins to quit working. This is also beneficial for symptoms of venous insufficiency.
Venous Insufficiency Symptoms: Up to 50% of women and 25% of men suffer from venous disease in western countries. The natural progression of venous disease leads to swelling, pain, skin changes, leg cramps, lymphedema, and often ulcers of the lower extremities. In the past, management of venous disease required hospitalizations and extensive surgeries—often with dismal outcomes. Now, with office-based evaluation and management, venous disease can be treated on an outpatient basis. These treatments have a very high success rates with minimal complications.