Phoenix, AZ, September 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- At least 40 percent of men and women will have issues with their veins sometime in their lifetime. In the past, varicose veins not visible on the surface of the skin had to be treated using invasive surgical procedures or painful vein-stripping.
In 2001, Dr. Lawrence Presant of Arizona Vein Specialists in Phoenix pioneered minimally-invasive surgery, Duplex Ultrasound (sound wave) Guided Therapy. The procedure, which needs only local anesthesia and allows most patients to go back to work or resume normal activity the next day, continues to be refined and improved.
“Ultrasound technology allows us to locate and treat veins even deep within the leg,” explains Dr. Presant. “Duplex ultrasound is used to both locate the diseased vein and guide a needle directly into the vein, allowing for treatment without incisions, sutures or recovery time afterward. Discomfort is minimal, with most patients requiring no pain medication after the procedure.”
The procedure may be recommended when diseased veins are suspected, but not visible on the skin’s surface. It may also be advised for the purpose of diagnosing an underlying venous condition when visible varicose or spider veins are present.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to locate and diagnose a variety of conditions. When used during treatment, ultrasound locates the specific vein requiring treatment and assists the physician in guiding the needle directly into the vein.
“The technology allows us to be very precise,” Dr. Presant explains. “Once the needle is in place, a sclerosing agent or laser energy can be delivered into the vein, causing the affected vein to seal shut. Blood can then reroute through healthy veins nearby. We have patients from around the country who come to our office in Phoenix for this procedure.”
Duplex ultrasound guided therapy is available at Arizona Vein Specialists. To learn more about this procedure, visit www.azveindoctor.com or contact Dr. Presant and his staff at 480-945-0910.