Varicose Vein Treatment Visalia CA

Your veins could be the source of your swelling and pain. 
Find relief with non-surgical varicose vein treatment in Visalia, CA.

VIP is now offering free vein consultations every Tuesday. Contact us to learn more!
At VIP, we treat varicose veins with minimally invasive vein closure, the leading technique in vein disease management. Minimally invasive means that we use modern medical devices to treat your veins through a single knick in your leg. This allows us to heal your legs without the major incisions or extensive recovery time that a typical surgery would require.

Vein Closure Procedure

Effective Treatment – vein closure reliably relieves pain and swelling, and helps the leg heal from venous insufficiency

Simple Diagnosis – an ultrasound exam is all it takes for us to find out if your veins are causing you trouble

Fast Procedure – the vein closure procedure usually takes about 45 minutes from start to finish

Immediate Recovery – you can return to your normal activities on the same day, immediately after your procedure

Clinically Proven – the efficacy of minimally invasive vein closure is supported by several clinical studies and nearly two decades of practice

Vascular & Interventional Procedure Specialists performing varicose vein treatment on patient with vein disease in Visalia, CA
The vein closure procedure is done through a single puncture in the leg.

VIP: Your Varicose Vein Treatment Doctors in Visalia, CA

We are VIP Specialists, and we’re to help you get your legs back to health. Our Vascular and Interventional Specialists provide a full suite of screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for spider veins, varicose veins, and more advanced stages of venous insufficiency.

Our vein treatment center is conveniently located in downtown Visalia, California at the corner of Locust Street and East Acequia Avenue. Schedule your visit today!

Dr. Ashkan Shahkarami

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Vein treatment specialist Dr. Ashkan Shahkarami in Visalia, CA

Dr. Bennett K. Abe

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Vein treatment specialist Dr. Bennett K. Abe in Visalia, CA

Dr. Francisco E. Valles

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Vein treatment specialist Dr. Francisco E. Valles in Visalia, CA

Dr. Glade Roper

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Vein treatment specialist Dr. Glade Roper in Visalia, CA

Dr. Daniel Hightower

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Vein treatment specialist Dr. Daniel Hightower in Visalia, CA

Why Varicose Veins Occur

The underlying cause of most vein problems is a phenomenon known as “venous reflux.” Venous reflux refers to the condition in which blood in a vein or a group of veins flows backwards (away from the heart), causing blood to pool in the veins. This pooling is responsible for the visual bulging and discoloration that is characteristic of varicose veins.

For any individual case of varicose veins, the exact cause is usually unknown. We do know that lifestyle factors that expose the veins to excessive amounts of pressure, such as prolonged sitting or standing, weight gain, or pregnancy increase your likelihood of developing varicose veins. Similarly, factors that are thought to compromise the integrity of the veins, such as smoking and aging also increase your risk.

Drawing of healthy versus varicose veins
Structural vein changes that occur when you have varicose veins.
Varicose veins are commonly thought of as just a cosmetic issue, and while this is true in some cases, many individuals with varicose veins also deal with cumbersome swelling and pain. When flow stagnates and blood pools in the veins, it can have systemic effects on the tissues of the leg, affecting skin and muscle health. Patients often report cramping, aching, throbbing, and heaviness in their leg, among other sensations. As vein disease progresses, the skin can become dry and itchy, hardened, or discolored. In its most severe form, venous leg ulcers can form as a consequence of insufficient blood flow in the veins.
Legs with visible varicose veins and skin color changes in the feet
Woman with varicose veins on one leg
Leg with visible swelling and bulging varicose veins caused by venous insufficiency
Legs with varicose veins and skin color changes caused by vein disease

Varicose Vein Treatment in Visalia, CA

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How Vein Closure Works

Vein closure involves the use of minimally invasive medical devices to access the vein and treat it from the inside. The goal of the vein closure procedure is to shut down the diseased vein, thereby allowing blood to flow through nearby healthy veins. There are multiple approaches to vein closure that use different means of closing down the vein.

Varicose vein treatment as a minimally invasive procedure with a catheter device.

A catheter device is inserted into the diseased vein through a single puncture in the leg.

Varicose vein treatment inside the vein can be thermal or chemical.

Therapy is applied to the inside of the vein. Treatment may be thermal or chemical.

Varicose vein treatment closure

The vein is closed down, allowing blood to flow through nearby healthy veins.

VNUS Thermal Vein Ablation

Thermal ablation, also called radiofrequency vein ablation or endovenous ablation, is the most common approach to vein closure. The VNUS thermal ablation procedure is performed using a catheter that is equipped with a heating element and connected to a radiofrequency (RF) generator. Prior to activating the heating element, the saphenous compartment, which surrounds the vein, is filled with a liquid referred to as tumescent anesthesia. Tumescent anesthesia acts as a heat sink to protect surrounding tissue from excessive temperatures during treatment. When applied to the inside of the vein, excessive heat causes the vein wall to collapse, closing down the vein.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS)

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS), like thermal ablation, is another option in the vein specialist’s toolbox for closing down varicose veins. The procedure works by injecting a chemical agent called a sclerosant into the vein. Mixed with gas prior to injection, the sclerosant solution has a foamy consistency that fills the vein. The sclerosant can be thought of as a chemical irritant that damages the inner lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and scar over, effectively closing down the vein. For this reason, sclerotherapy is sometimes referred to as ‘chemical ablation.’

VenaSeal Vein Glue

VenaSeal, also called vein glue, involves the injection of a biologically compatible glue, n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (NBCA), into the vein. The vein is pressed shut for a time by applying external pressure as the glue solidifies and permanently seals the vein shut.

Varicose Vein Treatment in Visalia, CA

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Alternative Varicose Vein Treatment Options

If you’re trying to get your varicose veins under control, you really have three unique treatment options:

  1. Compression Stockings – medical-grade stockings that apply graduated pressure to the leg and assist with blood flow
  2. Vein Closure Treatment – minimally invasive medical devices are used to close down varicose veins (described above)
  3. Vein Stripping Surgery – a surgical procedure in which the varicose vein is pulled out of the leg via incisions made at the two ends of the vein
At VIP, our vein specialists focus on vein closure treatment. Here’s why:

Vein closure is more effective than compression stockings. Graduated compression stockings are usually prescribed as a conservative, first-line therapy for varicose veins. While stockings can help relieve symptoms of varicose veins, they do not address the underlying vein problems that cause vein symptoms. Many patients have trouble staying compliant with their stocking prescription, which can render them ineffective. In comparison, vein closure attacks the source of venous insufficiency by treating the veins directly.

Vein closure is safer than vein stripping surgery. Unlike surgery, vein closure does not require any major incisions or surgical cutting. For this reason, vein closure is safer than surgery. This was conclusively demonstrated in the EVOLVeS clinical study in 2003, which showed that individuals treated with thermal ablation had significantly lower complication rates and faster recovery time than individuals treated with vein stripping, with the same level of treatment efficacy. Since 2003, newer types of vein closure treatment have demonstrated about the same level of safety.

Is Vein Closure Right For Me?

Vein closure is the ‘gold standard’ treatment for symptomatic varicose veins, and has clear advantages over more conservative and more surgical approaches. A Vein Specialist at VIP Specialists can help you evaluate your options and decide if vein closure is right for you!
Patient undergoing vein ultrasound screening before varicose vein treatment

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