Varicose Veins Specialist

IYA Medical

Medical Aesthetics & Interventional Radiology located in Scottsdale, AZ

Varicose veins can be painful and lead to complications like blood clots and ulcers, as well as being unsightly. If you want to get rid of your varicose veins using the latest technological advances, Ayad Agha, DO, at IYA Medical in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. The practice excels in using imaging technology and minimally invasive ablation and sclerotherapy techniques to treat varicose veins. Schedule a consultation by calling IYA Medical today or booking an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged blue, purple, or red veins that you can see just beneath the surface of your skin.

Some people suffer from painful varicose veins, and in some cases, varicose veins can lead to blood clots and open sores called ulcers. Varicose veins can come up anywhere but are most likely to affect your legs.

Varicose veins are a common ailment that develops because of problems with the valves inside your veins. The valves create a one-way system in your veins that help blood to flow toward your heart. 

Weak or damaged valves allow blood to back up and pool in the veins, so they swell and form the knotted coils you see under your skin.

Why would I get varicose veins?

The reason why you get varicose veins is a problem with the valves, but there are numerous risk factors that make valve damage more likely. These factors include:

  • Family history
  • Older age
  • Being female
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Previous blood clots
  • Prior trauma
  • Smoking

You’re also more likely to get varicose veins if you spend prolonged periods either standing or sitting.

How are varicose veins treated?

IYA Medical uses the most up-to-date, minimally invasive treatments wherever possible rather than surgical techniques like vein stripping.

Endovenous laser ablation treatment

Endovenous laser ablation treatment (EVLT) involves applying laser energy to a problem vein. A specially qualified physician called an interventional radiologist uses X-ray images to guide a thin laser fiber into your vein via a tiny needle. They numb your vein, then apply the laser heat. The vein closes off, so blood has to travel through other, healthier veins.

Radiofrequency ablation

An alternative approach to EVLT is radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA has similar effects to EVLT but uses radiofrequency energy to heat the vein rather than a laser.

These approaches are called thermal treatments, but there are also non-thermal treatments available.

What non-thermal treatments are there for varicose veins?

IYA Medical provides a variety of non-thermal treatment options for varicose veins. These are all variations of the sclerotherapy technique, in which you receive an injection containing an irritant that closes the vein.

Treatments include:

VenaSeal™ Closure System

VenaSeal contains cyanoacrylate, a medical glue that seals the problem vein.

ClariVein®

ClariVein treatment involves placing a small, flexible tube called a catheter inside the vein. The catheter rotates to evenly distribute a chemical solution and close the problem vein.

Varithena®

Varithena is a type of medical foam that closes off problem veins.

Both thermal and non-thermal treatments for varicose veins are less risky, less painful, and require less recovery time compared to surgical solutions.

Call IYA Medical today to find out more about varicose vein treatment or book an appointment online.