Few people, asked to name the greatest “breakthroughs” in medical treatment, would cite advances made in the treatment of vein disease. But the truth is that some of the most important advances in medical technology in recent decades have taken place in the area of vein health diagnosis and treatment.
What should Hawaiians know about advances in vein disease treatment?
The clearest way to address this question may be to present a “Before and After” picture of such treatment advances. For example, according to Oahu varicose vein doctors, if you look back only a couple of decades the vast majority of vein diseases remained undiagnosed, because doctors were unable to look beneath the skin to even find them. Diseases with superficial symptoms like varicose veins had to be treated surgically by making incisions in the skin and scraping away damaged tissue, which involved hospitalization, anesthesia, long recovery periods, and often, scarring.
These days most vein diseases can be treated in the same comfortable doctors’ offices in which they are diagnosed, using non-invasive diagnostic procedures and minimally-invasive treatments that require no surgery and no anesthesia. These modern procedures allow patients to walk out of the office after a short treatment session, with their varicose veins removed, and with so little trauma that many walk out of the offices and go back to work the same day.
These are technological advances impact over 26 million Americans of both sexes who have varicose veins. And this breakthrough “After” picture is even more important when you consider more serious vein diseases such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be deadly if not treated.
What technological advances are available to Vein Clinics of Hawaii patients?
One of the most important breakthroughs in vein disease treatment is the use of ultrasoundtechnology. Doctors can now look beneath the skin to pinpoint the exact location of blockages and diseases so they can be treated. Doppler ultrasound technology is an even more important breakthrough, because Hawaii vein specialists can use it to visualize the blood flow through the veins, something they would have been unable to do only a few years ago.
Once your Big Island vascular doctors have located the source of vein problems using ultrasound, they use it again during treatment to precisely guide a number of minimally-invasive treatment methodologies. “Minimally-invasive” means that there is no need to make incisions to treat problems beneath the skin. Instead, doctors can insert tiny catheters directly into the veins and guide them using ultrasound to the precise location where an injection of sealing foam or a short blast from a laser can correct the problem. The resulting treatment is more accurate, and corrects the problems without disturbing neighboring tissues.
Take advantage of these advances in vein disease diagnosis and treatment today by calling our offices to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You’ll be happy you did.