Vein Center Procedures

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that can be used to help reduce or eliminate varicose or spider veins. During the procedure, which has been in use since the 1930s, a small needle is used to inject a sclerosing agent directly into the veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and the blood to clot. Blood can no longer flow through the vein, so it gradually fades and is no longer visible. Surrounding vessels absorb blood flow from the collapsed vein.

Transilluminated Sclerotherapy

An advanced outpatient procedure to help reduce or eliminate varicose and spider veins. Asclera® injections go into veins that are not easily seen by the naked eye through transillumination. These veins are typically feeder veins to spider veins. The Vein Center at Aiken Regional Medical Center uses solutions and injection techniques that help increase the success rate for removal of feeder veins.

Ligation/ Phlebectomy

In this outpatient procedure in which physicians use small incisions in the skin to treat superficial venous disease. To perform the procedure, doctors mark the veins that will be removed, inject local anesthesia into the skin and surgically eliminate bulging veins, segment by segment, through a series of small incisions. Patients can expect to wear compression stockings after surgery if instructed.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia, so patients should not feel pain during the procedure. There should be minimal discomfort after the procedure, particularly if the patient wears compression stockings as directed.

Patients may experience temporary bruising and swelling of the treated area, but compression stockings help to minimize that. Patients can usually walk immediately after their surgery, and can go back to work or resume normal daily activities - except for exercise and heavy lifting — within 24 hours.

While varicose veins are removed through this procedure and should not come back, patients may develop new varicose veins over time, depending on personal and family history, as well as other factors.

VNUS™ Closure for treatment of saphenous vein reflux

Venous reflux or venous insufficiency is a condition that can develop when the valves that keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased.

The VNUS Closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment with less pain and less bruising compared to traditional vein stripping surgery or laser treatment. Using the VNUS Closure system, physicians can close diseased veins by inserting the Closure catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.

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The Vein Center at Aiken Regional Medical Centers is located on the second floor of the hospital building.

Call 803-641-5544.

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Aiken Regional Medical Centers is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company, that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.     

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