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NGPG Surgical Associates' Vascular Center Now Offers the Newest Treatment Option for Spider Veins and Telangiectasia

August 03, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) Surgical Associates Vascular Center, now offers the area’s only Veinwave treatment system for treatment of spider veins and telangiectasia (clusters of red, blue or purple veins that spider-web across the cheeks, thighs, calves, ankles and knees).  Available for many years in Europe, this treatment was recently cleared by the FDA.

Designed primarily for vascular surgeons, dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Veinwave uses a revolutionary process where high-frequency energy is applied to the affected area, which causes the vein walls to collapse and disappear from the skin.

Until now, lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices have tried to treat these veins.   Unlike lasers, the Veinwave involves only slight discomfort, so there is no need for anesthetic creams or pain medications. The Veinwave doesn’t carry a risk of long-term scarring, and the procedure only takes about 15 minutes.

"Veinwave’s ultra-fine, insulated probe permits a highly targeted treatment that doesn’t irritate the surrounding skin," says Timothy Fulenwider, MD, FACS, a vascular surgeon with NGPG Surgical Associates Vascular Center.  "This allows our patients to resume their everyday activities without bandages, as if the procedure never happened. It is very safe, effective and permanent."

Sclerotherapy, another non-surgical treatment option for spider veins where a physician uses very small needles to inject problem spider veins with a solution that causes the veins to break down and disappear, provides successful treatment on the larger leg veins.   However, sclerotherapy fails to be effective on the fine veins of the knee and ankle and is rarely used on the face.  As a combination therapy, Veinwave is a great compliment to sclerotherapy.

For a personalized consultation about the procedure or more information about NGPG Surgical Associates Vascular Center, call 770-219-4000 or visit us on the web at www.ngpg.org/surgery.