The Vascular Institute specialists also have special expertise in the multi-modality management of venous insufficiency and thoracic outlet syndromes.
The veins are the blood vessels that return blood to the heart. Venous disease occurs when the veins in the legs become distended and dilated forcing blood to abnormally pool causing the veins to bulge, discolor and grow weak. Physicians see a number of venous disorders ranging from serious medical problems to those that are cosmetically unappealing.
- Venous Ulcerations – when the veins of the leg are diseased, the valves do not function properly. Improper blood flow can cause blood to be injected into the soft tissues of the leg, producing swelling, brown skin discoloration and, eventually, open ulcerations. Using a new technique, Subfascial Endoscopic Perforator Surgery, Vascular Institute surgeons are able to use a telescope-like instrument to visualize the ulcerations and make a few small incisions to ligate the vein and cut off the improper blood flow. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and often results in long-term healing of the ulcers allowing the patients to quickly return to normal activities.
- Oklahoma Vein Specialists (OVS) – is the state’s premier center for diagnosing and treating disease of the leg veins. OVS combines the surgical skills of Oklahoma’s largest group of cardiovascular specialists, Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians, with the most experienced group of vascular surgeons to provide the latest techniques in restoring the function and cosmetic appearance of legs disfigured by damaged veins.
Venous Disease Treatments:
- VNUS Closure– radio frequency ablation - minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses radio frequency energy to close abnormally growing veins such as varicose veins in the legs. No general anesthesia is needed and most patients walk out of the clinic within hours and return to normal activities the next day. In most cases, VNUS Closure is replacing vein-stripping surgery.
- Sclerotherapy – a chemical injection into the abnormal vein causing the vein lining to deteriorate and close, the injection can be performed with liquid or foam. The in-office procedure forces other healthy veins to take over the blood delivery work of the damaged vein. Sclerotherapy is most effective on smaller vein surfaces like spider veins.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – multiple small incisions are made along a varicose vein so that the diseased vein can be gently removed in small segments. The procedure is done under local anesthesia in a procedure room on a day-surgery basis.
- SEPS – Subfascial Endoscopic Perforator Surgery – highly specialized endoscopic treatment for abnormal ankle communicating veins. This condition, found in the lower extremities, causes chronic skin ulcers to form due to the lack of sufficient blood supply. SEPS, a minimally invasive procedure provides the patient the benefit of being less traumatic and painful, a faster recovery, and can be introduced remotely from the actual area being treated.
- Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy TRIVEX® - The surgeon uses a transilluminating light to remove varicose veins using a small powered surgical device.
VENOUS CLOSURE VIDEO:
Venous Blood Clot