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Sclerotherapy San Diego

Varicose Vein Treatment in San Diego

The Secret Vein Clinic is the #1 facility for sclerotherapy treatment in San Diego! With more than two decades of experience, Peter Mann is San Diego’s leading expert in the treatment of venous diseases including varicose veins and spider veins. As a fellowship trained vascular surgeon, he is uniquely qualified to provide his patients with the most technologically advanced vein care available anywhere.  Today’s options for varicose vein treatment in San Diego are simple, safe, minimally invasive and virtually pain-free.  Best of all there’s no down-time and many of the procedures are covered by medical insurance plans. Done in the office in less than an hour patients can walk out and be symptom free almost immediately.

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Ultrasound Screening Before Sclerotherapy is Important

We are one of the very few vein clinics that insist all of our patients undergo a Ultrasound Screening before starting Sclerotherapy treatments. This initial, short and very simple ultrasound screening is vital in making sure that patients are correctly diagnosed and thus not do not receive unnecessary treatments. If a provider treats your veins as solely a cosmetic concern and begins Sclerotherapy they may be overlooking deeper underlying vein issues. In fact, treating Sclerotherapy when you may indeed have vein disease will exacerbate the problem. Only a trained Vascular Surgeon knows to treat every patient that has veins with utmost concern. We are very pleased to be able to offer Ultrasound Screening at our all inclusive vein clinic and complete it during the same appointment as the Sclerotherapy so that every patient’s appointment is efficient and effective.

Sclerotherapy San Diego - Everything You Need to Know

In sclerotherapy, a state-of-the-art foam material is injected with a tiny needle into the vein that causes inflammation and the vein walls to collapse. Compression stockings are then used to make sure that the vein walls stay collapsed. The vein gradually dissolves over several weeks and ultimately disappears. Sclerotherapy treatment is the “gold standard” and is preferred over laser for eliminating large spider veins (telangiectasia) and smaller varicose leg veins. Unlike a laser, the sclerosing solution additionally closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that are causing the spider veins to form, thereby making a recurrence of the spider veins in the treated area less likely.
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Sclerotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

When varicose veins are left untreated, excess blood from the damaged vein valves begins to leak into the tissues of the leg. The patient will experience painful swelling and inflammation as parts of their skin become dark and discolored. During the advanced stages of venous disease, hyperpigmentation can become extremely severe and affect daily activities.

When tissues of the leg become inflamed due to the advanced stage of the venous disease, the tissues become very firm and heavy. When this happens, the patient will feel their legs becoming increasingly tender, taut, hard and very sensitive to the touch. Lipodermatoclerosis is the medical term used to define this stiffening or hardening of the leg tissues.

Varicose veins that are left untreated usually result in a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. Over time, CVI can result in venous leg ulcers. This is a serious condition where an area of the skin breaks down to reveal the flesh underneath.  Leg ulcers are open wounds and do not heal by themselves. In fact, the leg ulcers tend to get larger over time and severely affect daily activities. Leg ulcers are in no way to be taken lightly, and it is important to seek professional medical intervention by a vascular surgeon.

Because the diseased varicose veins lie very close to the surface of the skin, bleeding can happen quite easily.  Scraping your leg or coming in contact with something abrasive can cause a serious cut and bleeding. While the bleeding is usually painless, patients may experience significant blood loss if the condition goes untreated. Should this happen, apply pressure to the wound and get medical attention as quickly as you can from your vascular surgeon.

Superficial thrombophlebitis is an inflammation of the veins themselves, just beneath the surface of the skin. This inflammation is due to the damaged vein valves, decreased blood flow through the veins and blood clotting. The patient will experience redness of the skin, an increasing tenderness of the vein and ongoing pain or swelling of the legs.

DVT is the most serious condition and it is life-threatening. This is when a blood clot forms in the thigh or lower leg causing serious blocking of the veins and arteries.  It is very painful and must be treated immediately!  If untreated, the clot could reach your lungs which will lead to death.  People who have experienced this condition have reported a pulling sensation on the leg or calf muscles. The patient may feel as if their nerves are being pinched. Other signs include a warm sensation, swelling, and redness.  If you experience these symptoms, it’s imperative to visit your vascular surgeon immediately.

  • Women who are pregnant or recently gave birth
  • Men and women over the age of 60
  • Those who have become immobile or paralyzed for a long period of time
  • Those who have undergone surgery recently
  • Those who are obese
  • Those with blood clotting disorders

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy treatment is an alternative to treat veins that are too small or too tortuous to treat with a laser or R.F.Closure. In addition it is a new treatment for patients with previous vein stripping or recurrent disease. This advanced vein treatment uses ultrasound technology to guide injections of a solution that closes the vein at the precise source of the disease. Besides it is an extremely effective treatment for perforator veins (the veins connecting the deep veins to the saphenous veins).

Dr. Mann Performing the Sclerotherapy Procedure

We are providers for Medicare, Tri Care and most PPO insurances, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and United Health Care.
We are the #1 clinic for Sclerotherapy in San Diego!
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