Vein Treatment Experts in Houston
Texas Endovascular provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive vein treatments, without the risks of surgery or the expense and hassle of going to the hospital. Our specialized techniques allow our physicians to deliver fewer complications and a faster recovery time for Houston patients.
At one time, patients with vein disease had very few treatment options. Some underwent a procedure commonly known as “vein stripping”, which was an inpatient surgery that required general anesthesia, hospital admission, and a long, painful recovery period. Thankfully, those days are behind us!
All the treatments performed at Texas Endovascular are minimally invasive, outpatient procedures. Dr. Eric Hardee, Dr. William Fox, and Dr. AJ Valenson treat patients in our office, without the need for general anesthesia or sedation. There is little or no recovery time needed. In fact, patients may resume normal activity right away. Most people can even return to work the same day they are treated.
Learn more about your treatment options and schedule your appointment at one of our five offices in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and Webster.
What to Expect for Vein Treatment?
When you schedule an appointment with Texas Endovascular, you will meet personally with Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson. Next, your doctor will guide you through the entire process. Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson will go over your full medical history and perform a focused physical examination. This will involve looking at the symptoms that sent you looking for treatment. Based on the results of this exam, Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson will give you a diagnostic ultrasound evaluation if it is necessary.
During vein treatment you’ll come in to the treatment room and lie down on the table. You’ll be fully prepped with a gown and draped. Next, our team will clean your leg and put some gel on it. You’ll feel the gel on your leg and you’ll feel your physician looking around with the ultrasound. That’s how your doctor gets a lay of the land and plans the procedure. Before any needle stick, we’ll warn you. You’ll feel one pinch and a burn right around your knee. (This is your numbing medication.) It lasts for a few seconds and is similar to the feeling you get when the dentist numbs your mouth. After that, you may feel a bit of pressure as a catheter is placed inside the vein, but it isn’t uncomfortable. We then guide the catheter with ultrasound to where it needs to go. Next, you’ll experience a few needle sticks along your thigh – usually two or three. What you feel there is the pinch with the needle, followed by some pressure. At that point, we’re pumping numbing medication to surround the vein. Then, it squeezes the vein shut and redirects the blood out of that vein into the deep vein and numbs the tissues.
This is really the only part of the procedure during which a patient ever describes discomfort. Afterwards. the vein treatment lasts only two or three minutes. You don’t feel anything as we heat the vein and withdraw the catheter.
Minimally Invasive, Outpatient Vein Treatments
The following are some of the most common spider vein and varicose vein treatments we recommend. If you require treatment for vein disease, our physicians will advise you about which methods will work best to treat your individual condition during your diagnostic vein evaluation.
- Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Radiofrequency perforator ablation
- Ambulatory phlebectomy (varicose vein removal)
- Varicocele embolization
What to Expect After Vein Treatment?
When the procedure is finished, we’ll place a small bandage on those sutures. There are no stitches because the procedure is minimally invasive. After placing the bandage, we put a compression stocking on you so that you can go about your day.