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Vein Treatment Options

The Vein Flex Light helps Dr. Furlong assess patient’s vascular health.

Previously, it was thought that the only effective treatment for varicose veins was vein stripping and cauterization. These treatments would tend to have longer periods of recovery time, pain and larger scars. Now, with the use of innovative technologies, Physician’s Vascular Services offers more effective, less invasive treatments that have you back to your normal activities a lot sooner, and in most cases, the very next day! One of our professional doctors will give you the personalized attention you deserve to help you narrow down your best options for treatment.

The following will outline some of the procedures and treatment options we have to offer:

Determining your vascular health is the first step in determining your treatment and getting you back to feeling better.


  • This begins by “screening” your legs to look for any deeper venous problems. This procedure is painless, non-invasive and is usually conducted in a fairly quick time-frame.
  • A Duplex Ultrasound is conducted to ultrasound images of the path, size and blood flow of affected veins that may not be visible to the naked eye.
  • Afterwards, you will be consulted one-on-one by the Doctor regarding your vascular health, and guided through your treatment options.
  • One of our doctors will also answer any of your personalized questions you may have at this point.
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Under the trademark name Venefit™ Procedure, Radio Frequency (RF) ablation works by using a catheter to direct Radio Frequency energy into the vein walls. As a result, the damaged vein shuts down and the blood flow is redirected to healthier veins. With Radio Frequency Ablation, bruising and discomfort are minimal and patients return fairly quickly to normal activity levels.

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As one of the leading new treatments for varicose veins, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is done under local anesthesia. Once the skin is numbed, laser energy is directed at the varicose vein using a laser fiber. The energy causes the vein walls to shrink and collapse, and the body eventually reabsorbs it while redirecting blood flow to healthier veins. Benefits of Endovenous Laser Treatment include brief duration (usually less than two hours), a high success rate and a minimal level of discomfort. Patients are usually able to return to normal activity levels within a few days.

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Varicose veins that are large and close to the surface of the skin often react well to ambulatory phlebectomy, a procedure in which the surgeon applies a local anesthetic and then makes a very small (1 mm) incision through which the diseased vein can be extracted.

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Sclerotherapy is another popular treatment for spider veins. The sclerosing agent causes the vein to fragment, after which it is reabsorbed by the body. This minimally invasive procedure inflicts little if any discomfort or bruising.

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Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy uses a similar approach to normal sclerotherapy but deploys the additional technology of ultrasound imaging to locate damaged veins far below the surface of the skin. This enables your physician to ensure proper placement of the sclerotherapy devise even when the affected veins are beyond view.

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