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Professional Services to Treat Vein Problems in Santa Fe and Los Alamos

Vein Care of New Mexico is highly informed and educated on ways to evaluate and treat vein related problems.
You can put your trust in Doctor Hertzman and our professional and experienced team.

Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins before and after sclerotherapy. Individual results can vary. (Photos courtesy of S. Zimmet, MD)

Varicose veins before and after sclerotherapy. Individual results can vary. (Photos courtesy of S. Zimmet, MD)

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. In response, the veins collapse and are reabsorbed. The surface veins are no longer visible. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms due to varicose and spider veins in most patients. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.

You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one to many injections per session. Generally, normal activities can be resumed after sclerotherapy. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. The procedure, performed in the doctor’s office, usually causes only minimal discomfort. Bruising and pigmentation may occur after sclerotherapy. Bruising typically disappears within 1-2 weeks. Although pigmentation almost always fades, it can last for several months. Scarring and other complications are rare.


Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

This is an in-office treatment that is sometimes used at Vein Care of New Mexico after initial laser vein treatment. With this technique, sclerotherapy is done while the doctor visually monitors the vein on an ultrasound screen. This enables treatment of veins that can’t be seen because they are below the surface of the skin and might otherwise require surgical removal.

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The EVLT Procedure

EVLT is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that can be performed in the doctor’s office. There is no post-operative scarring, as it is only a probe and a slim sheath that enters the vein via a needle. The probe is guided into place using ultrasound and the procedure is performed under local anesthetic – to numb the treatment area. The treatment takes one to two hours.

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