Huntsville Hospital Vein Center at the Heart Center
930 Franklin Street · Huntsville, AL 35801 · (256) 519-8346 (VEIN)
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Pain, swelling, tightness or fatigue in your legs may mean you have Venous Reflux Disease. This is a serious medical condition that develops when your veins become damaged or diseased. Contributing factors include age (40+), family history, obesity, heavy lifting, multiple pregnancies and professions that require standing or sitting for long periods of time. If left untreated, venous reflux disease may worsen over time.
The Huntsville Hospital Vein Center at the Heart Center was the first vein center in Alabama to earn an accreditation from the International Accreditation Center (IAC) and is currently the only accredited vein center in North Alabama. All of our physicians are board certified and dedicated to repairing diseased veins.
Using minimally-invasive techniques, our vein specialists treat
- Swelling in the legs or ankles
- Tight feeling, itching, or inflammation in the calves
- Leg pain, heaviness or fatigue
- Painful leg cramps
- Skin changes such as itchy, dry skin or brownish discoloration
- Discomfort in the legs with the urge to move frequently (restless leg syndrome)
- Varicose veins (spider veins or bulging veins)
- Bleeding from varicose veins
- Leg ulcers
Benefits of treatment
- Significant relief of symptoms
- Better cosmetic results
- Less postoperative pain
- Ability to resume normal activities within one to two days
Treatment for venous reflux disease is performed on an outpatient basis, and the recovery time is minimal.
All procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Check with your insurance company regarding policy coverage for venous reflux disease.
This is an FDA approved process is used to treat small varicose and spider veins. A small injection of Sotradecol® is used to collapse the diseased vein and reroute the blood to healthier veins.
Radiofrequency Venous Ablation
This is an FDA approved process most commonly used to treat the greater saphenous and smaller saphenous veins. The procedure consists of using radiofrequency energy to seal diseased veins and reroute blood to healthier veins. Anesthetic is used to prevent thermal injury in the surrounding tissues and localize the treatment to the target vein. Learn more.
Varithena® is an FDA approved chemical used to treat varicose veins. Varithena foam is injected to the target vein under sterile technique and ultrasound guidance. The foam fills and treats the diseased vein by causing it to collapse. No anesthetic is needed during the procedure. Once the diseased vein is closed, the blood will automatically re-route to healthier veins and leg symptoms can be greatly reduced. Learn more.
ClariVein® is another approved method for treatment that useses a specialty catheter to inject Sotradecol® into the diseased vein through a rotating dispersion tip. Once placed inside the target vein, the ClariVein catheter delivers medication that causes the vessel to collapse and close. No anesthetic is needed during the procedure. Once the diseased vein is closed, the blood will automatically reroute to healthier veins and leg symptoms can be greatly reduced. Learn more.
VenaSeal™ Closure System
VenaSeal™ Closure System is a FDA approved device for treatment of venous insufficiency. The VenaSeal catheter uses cyanoacrylate adhesive to seal the vein closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, the blood will automatically reroute to healthier veins and leg symptoms can be greatly reduced. No anesthetic is needed during the procedure. Learn more.
This procedure is used to surgically remove varicose veins. It usually requires local anesthesia and light sedation. A series of incisions are made in the leg and the vein is removed in segments. Normal activity may be resumed the following day.
Post Procedure Recommendations
After all of our outpatient procedures, we highly encourage patients to wear compression hose, walk frequently, and avoid heat and sunlight to the legs, strenuous activity and submersion of the legs in water for one to two weeks.
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