Serving the Newnan and Fayetteville, GA Areas With Effective Vein Treatment
Vein Specialists of Georgia has been providing vein treatment services to patients in the Newnan area for more than 30 years. Our staff includes highly skilled professionals such as board-certified vascular surgeons and licensed technicians.
Comprehensive Vein Treatments
Our experienced team members are equipped to treat any vein-related issue. We offer vascular, endovascular, and microphlebectomy procedures, as well as foam ablations and a wide variety of other treatment options. Our vein procedures are covered by most insurance companies.
Available Vein Services
Each of our vein services provides unique benefits. Our free vein screening, for instance, allows us to assess your symptoms with the use of a non-invasive ultrasound. Radiofrequency ablation treats patients who are experiencing venous insufficiency, which can cause discoloration of the calves and ankles. The treatment usually takes just a few hours.
Foam ablation is a new treatment that uses sclerotherapy to remove large varicose veins with a non-invasive injection. Microphlebectomy, which also helps remove unsightly veins and alleviate painful leg issues, involves minimally invasive surgery under local anesthesia. Support hose can be prescribed to treat varicose veins and prevent them from worsening.
If you're bothered by uncomfortable vein issues or the appearance of unsightly veins, give Vein Specialists of Georgia a call today at 404-524-0095 to learn more about our vein treatment and therapy options. You can also check out our patient resources page for important documents and information.
Free Vein Screening
What to Expect
The vein screening is a brief recording of your symptoms, types of treatment, length of time, and the effect on the daily living. You will see a certified vascular surgeon for a quick assessment.
If warranted, a venous ultrasound screening will be performed to assess the vein function. We will give a recommendation as to your treatment options. Medical education material will be available.
If, at the vein screening, tests and exams show venous reflux or treatable varicose veins, we will schedule a complete venous duplex and office visit. After completion, the approval process with your insurance and scheduling of the procedures will begin.
This is an entailed process, detailed and time-consuming. We ask that you adhere to the timing of the procedure because, at times, the approval process may have to be repeated if the procedure date is canceled.
Venous insufficiency occurs when valves in the legs do not close completely and allows blood to leak downward. This causes blood to pool up in the calves, ankles, and feet after we stand for prolonged periods of time.
A reddish or purplish discoloration of the calves and ankles may develop. In a worst-case scenario, if the condition is not treated, skin can break down due to the constant tension produced by the swelling—a related condition called venous stasis ulcers.
A leaking saphenous vein can also cause blood to back up in superficial veins that drain into the saphenous vein. Over time, these superficial veins become progressively more swollen and rope-like. They become easily visible varicose veins.
Overall, about three hours of a patient’s time are needed to perform radiofrequency vein ablation. This includes an hour for a pre-procedure patient assessment and another hour for post-procedure monitoring.
The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic because this therapy is minimally invasive and nonsurgical. Typically, the inner thigh is numbed with Lidocaine.
A radiofrequency vein ablation procedure begins with making a tiny incision in the skin of the inner thigh, at the knee joint. This opening gives room for a microscopic probe, which is guided upward to the saphenous vein. Ultrasound images are utilized to guide the probe and no radiation is used.
Once it has reached its target, the probe emits pulses of heat that are generated by radiofrequency waves. This heats the vein wall to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes collagen (a protein that forms most soft tissue) in the vein wall to collapse. The surrounding tissues are not damaged.
Soon after the procedure, the narrowed vein slowly becomes fibrous. The interior of the vein walls becomes sealed shut, naturally redirecting blood flow to healthy veins.
Dr. Wellons and Dr. Combs use radiofrequency vein ablation instead of laser for varicose veins. Compared with the laser technique, patients who have undergone radiofrequency ablation have experienced:
- No pain afterward, compared to some pain afterward with a laser-based technique
- No discoloration in the skin overlying the vein, compared with some discoloration and bruising overlying the vein with a laser-based technique
- Radiofrequency vein ablation is also a much faster procedure, overall, compared with a laser-based technique.
A minimally invasive surgical procedure, microphlebectomy is used to eliminate unsightly or painful leg veins. This is recommended for the treatment of large surface varicose veins. Due to their size, these veins cannot be effectively treated with sclerotherapy.
With microphlebectomy, the removal of unsightly, painful veins results in less pain and quicker healing. It also produces a better cosmetic result. This technique greatly differs from surgical vein stripping, and one should not be confused with the other.
Because microphlebectomy removes only large surface varicose veins, it is less invasive than surgical stripping. Recovery is faster, and most patients do not have to stop regular activities after the procedure. This treatment takes approximately an hour to perform.
What Does It Treat?
Microphlebectomy is used to treat large, dilated surface varicose veins. To prevent the reappearance of these veins, microphlebectomy is often combined with or preceded by the endovenous radiofrequency ablation of the lesser or greater saphenous veins.
Both the lesser and greater saphenous veins feed into the surface varicose veins. They should be treated before the microphlebectomy procedure to prevent blood flow and recurrence of these unsightly surface veins.
How Does the Procedure Go?
The procedure is performed using only local anesthesia. It is done in a comfortable outpatient setting. The veins to be removed are outlined, and the entire leg is washed and prepared for treatment.
Using a special set of instruments, the abnormal or diseased veins are accessed and removed through pinhole perforations. Since microphlebectomy is performed through tiny needle punctures, it is less invasive than vein stripping, which is done through incisions.
After the procedure, the tiny punctures are closed with Steri-Strip bandage. Then, a compression wrap is applied to the leg.
Immediately after your treatment, you will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes. You will need to wear a prescription-strength compression stocking for approximately 2 weeks to attain maximum healing and results. Avoiding exercise for the same period is also encouraged, but you do not have to interrupt other regular activities.
As with all medical procedures and treatments, some risks are associated with microphlebectomy. The risks are very rare, and these include:
- Allergic Reaction to the Local Anesthesia
- Discoloration of the Surgical Field
- Postoperative Pain
- Small Patches of Numbness in the Treated Area
The treated veins will not return. However, microphlebectomy cannot guarantee the prevention of new varicose veins from new sources.
Several insurance carriers, including Medicare, provide coverage for microphlebectomy. Unfortunately, not every person is a candidate for coverage. Carriers will cover the treatment only when it is deemed medically necessary. If you have questions about the coverage, we encourage you to contact your insurance company.
Support hose, also called compression hose, are specialized hosiery designed to slow down the development and further progression of varicose veins. They are an integral part of vein care and are used to reduce swelling and other symptoms.
Although support hose cannot prevent varicose veins, they can delay their development. This conservative treatment is recommended during pregnancy, after surgery, when traveling by either car or plane, or when it is required to stand for long periods of time.
We are proud to carry ComfoMed support hose. You can purchase them at our offices in Newnan and Fayetteville.
Ultrasound is the technology used to diagnose vein disease. This noninvasive, painless test uses high-frequency sound waves to make a visual representation of the blood vessels, including arteries and veins.
Ultrasound technology has helped enhance the treatment of vein disease, such as venous reflux disease. It is also used to diagnose superficial or deep vein thrombosis, otherwise known as a blood clot.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance companies cover ultrasound exams.
Piedmont Medical Plaza
775 Poplar Road, Suite #260
Newnan, GA 30265
1233 Highway 54, #210
Fayetteville, GA 30214
2690 East Highway 34, Suite B.
Newnan, GA 30265