A real area of pride at Ozark Regional Vein Center is our ability to educate patients. Besides treating people’s vein issues, we want them to understand the root cause of what’s happening with their bodies. We believe that gaining a better grasp on the “why” leads to more awareness and, therefore, better long-term care!
Ozark Regional Vein Center is adept at helping patients regain their lives. Our combination of knowledgeable experts and advanced technology gives us a unique ability to provide sustainable solutions for your vein issues.
That’s why we want to dedicate this blog to breaking down the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of your veins. In this post, we’ll discuss your deep and superficial vein systems, as well as the effects of blood flow on your body. Then we’ll discuss poor blood circulation treatment in Rogers, and how it can help tackle venous disease as it arises.
Poor Blood Circulation Treatment in Rogers
Dr. Haney & our expert team specialize in treatments for venous reflux, varicose veins, and vein disease. Though we provide a suite of services for tackling arterial health concerns, our ability to treat your vein concerns is second to none.
As circulation specialists, We are passionate about seeing our patients’ lives improve with each visit, as their varicose veins are eradicated, and they can live life without throbbing and aching legs holding them back. We treat varicose veins for patients from all over Northwest Arkansas, including Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville, and beyond.
We have poor blood circulation treatment in Rogers down to a science, whether it is removing the veins with phlebectomy or injecting the veins with the newest varicose vein treatments on the market.
Our Treatment Offerings
So, with such a wide variety of treatment options available, what does our service list look like?
Well, we offer a variety of treatments for tackling venous disease and other symptoms of poor blood circulation. The Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center team provides these services because we know we can count on their effectiveness and ease of recovery, and that they provide lasting results. Our treatment options include:
We use radiofrequency ablation to close off a vein that is allowing blood to flow in both directions. That vein is causing more harm than good. By closing it off, we can redirect blood flow to your healthy veins and then move on to the removal of the bulgy varicose veins.
We use radiofrequency energy to heat up the vein walls safely from inside the catheter’s sheath so that the vein collapses.
The ClosureFast™ catheter heats an exact 7-centimeter segment of a vein for 20-second intervals, guided with an ultrasound scan.
The heat from the radiofrequency makes the targeted vein collapse permanently. This minimally invasive procedure can leave minor scarring at the puncture site, however, scars typically fade with time.
We’ve found that people suffering from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) recover much faster with this radiofrequency treatment than with some alternatives.
At Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center, our number one priority is to provide relief from painful and throbbing varicose veins. After the straight and non-visible veins are shut using ablation, the vein walls collapse, and blood is rerouted to nearby healthy veins.
But for many patients, that treatment isn’t the end of their care. After all, we don’t want to just improve your varicose veins, we also want them to look better! In order to accomplish both pain relief and improved appearance of the leg after a vein ablation, many cases will require an ambulatory phlebectomy.
Why would you need a phlebectomy? Well, sometimes an ablation can not safely or entirely treat any visible, bulging veins. The condition is treated, but the vein needs further reduction. In this case, an ambulatory phlebectomy is our most effective tool to remove unwanted veins from your legs.
The treatment is minorly invasive; your provider creates small incisions in your lower leg and then uses a phlebectomy hook to remove the damaged veins from your leg. Your body will naturally redirect blood around the missing vein, allowing for an easy, seamless recovery.
To date, the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center team has successfully performed over 2,900 phlebectomies in our clinic.
Sclerotherapy injections are a minimally invasive treatment performed here at the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center.
Sclerotherapy treatment uses either Asclera (polidocanol) or Sotradecol (sodium tetradecyl sulfate). This treatment works by safely damaging the inner walls of the vein, causing the vein structure to slowly collapse over time. As this collapse takes place, the vein shuts down, and your body absorbs the closed vein over time.
This treatment is perfect for tackling spider veins or smaller varicose veins bulging in your legs. While sclerotherapy is incredibly effective, some patients may need multiple rounds of treatment to achieve desired results. Others may only need the injections a single time, it just depends on the severity of your condition.
Spider veins are often inherited. Although injected veins may be permanently closed, new spider veins can develop over time. That’s why we work with patients to determine the likely cause and chances of recurrence before treatment. During this process, a free consultation will determine how many syringes you may need based on the severity of your venous concerns.
Varithena® is the newest treatment offered at Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center for the treatment of varicose veins. This FDA-approved varicose vein treatment can go where thermal vein treatments can’t because it has a 94% closure rate in the great saphenous vein.
Dr. Haney is focused on treating his patients using the newest and most effective methods. He was the first provider in Arkansas to offer Varithena!
It’s one of the more versatile vein treatments in Dr. Haney’s toolbox due to the ability of the medication’s microfoam structure and effectiveness. Varithena Injections can travel deeper into the body, seal veins with high efficiency, and target highly controlled areas of your venous system with virtually zero complications.
We’ve used Varithena to provide quality care to people from Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville, and beyond!
Venaseal™ from Medtronic is a medical-grade adhesive that’s injected slowly in a diseased vein affected by venous insufficiency. This one-of-a-kind approach rules out the risk of nerve injury for treatment of the small saphenous vein, which can be a concern with some thermal-based procedures.
A thorough ultrasound scan will determine the segments of veins that need closure. Our patients love it, because it’s the only treatment that does not require a compression hose after the procedure (woot woot!). Best of all? There aren’t multiple needle sticks, minimal-to-no bruising, and rapid return to everyday activities. Clinical studies demonstrated that Venaseal is safe and practical.
Blood Flow 101
You may have read some terms above that you didn’t understand. Well, when discussing blood circulation, what we’re really talking about is the efficiency and effectiveness of your circulatory system. At its core, the circulatory system is made up of blood vessels, arteries, and veins that carry blood away from and toward the heart.
This allows for the continuous cycling of resources throughout your body to support stable metabolic function. Stable metabolic function is the conversion of nutrients into energy necessary for your body’s operation.
For example, every time you eat or drink something, your body converts that food into calories and nutrients, which need to be sent around the body to keep everything working properly.
To keep oxygen and nutrients going to the right place, your blood vessels only move in one direction. Arteries carry blood from the heart to different parts of the body, and your veins carry that depleted blood back to the heart. The interruption of this process, especially in the veins, is called venous reflux disease.
What does blood do for your body?
Essentially, your blood—when everything is working properly—cycles through your body and deposits nutrients and oxygen into your tissue. As we touched on, a lack of oxygen and nutrients, in addition to the pressure caused by backward flow, is the reason a person will experience venous reflux.
When you have venous reflux or other vein issues, you have two types of blood competing against each other. You have good blood, which is artery blood filled with the oxygen and nutrients that your body needs to function. Then you have bad blood pooling, or flowing backward, in your veins.
This vein blood has already had the oxygen and nutrients removed, meaning it is stagnant and toxic if left to pool. Over time, that vein blood competing with the arterial flow can eventually lead to clots or ulcers (which occur when the blood has no oxygen). But as with many facets of the human body, the veins are a complicated matter.
The Role of Deep & Superficial Vein Systems
You can’t see or feel them, but your deep system of veins is in the muscles of your legs. They have a direct connection to your heart, and keeping them open is essential. Whenever the muscle contracts, it pumps blood to your heart. In terms of your legs, deep veins handle about 90 percent of your blood flow to the heart.
Superficial veins are, essentially, an extra set of veins that are visible to the human eye. They collect blood from both your skin and the upper layers of your tissue, but they only provide a minimal amount of blood (roughly 10%) to your heart.
The superficial veins are what we’ll treat during your visit to Ozark Regional Vein Center for venous reflux. The reason we focus on these veins specifically is we can treat them and sometimes even remove them if needed. This may sound serious, but it won’t cause any damage to your body.
In terms of issues with your deep and superficial veins, the deep vein issues will be more severe. Phlebitis can occur in your superficial veins without a blood clot. Symptoms will usually be mild in comparison, with the main signs being redness, tenderness, or itchiness at the affected area. With that being said, Phlebitis will keep growing and potentially turn into something more serious if left untreated.
What’s far more dangerous is DVT in the deep vein system. If left untreated, the blood clots from DVT can be potentially lethal. Throbbing leg pain, aches, discoloration, and more are all telltale signs that something is wrong, so please get help immediately if you are experiencing any DVT symptoms.
The heart and blood circulation
It’s important to remember that the vascular experts at Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center are not heart doctors. When you come to us for artery or vein care near Bentonville, we’re not going to give you cardiovascular medical advice. What we can do is refer you to a cardiovascular specialist for further care. If you have any health concerns regarding your heart, you should speak to your primary care provider as soon as possible. However, we know circulation and the heart is the cornerstone of the circulatory system.
The heartbeat moves blood throughout the body, generating pressure to sustain the healthy flow of blood in your blood vessels. After all, the blood in your body passes through the heart at some point! It first passes through the heart when it is pumped out into the body to carry resources to your tissues and organs, and then a second time when it is pumped back into the heart towards the lungs to pick up more oxygen.
Though your heart is distinct from your veins and arteries in terms of medical treatment, it is essential to recognize its role in vascular health.
Poor Blood Circulation Treatment: Commonly Asked Questions
We treat a lot of patients for venous reflux, vascular disease, and varicose veins in the year. Naturally, we get asked a lot of questions. We thought we’d take this opportunity to address some of the most common questions people have regarding poor blood circulation treatment in Rogers & venous disease/blood flow generally!
Are there any side effects with any of the vein treatments?
Our patients’ well-being is our number one concern. Most treatments have little to no side effects or recovery time. The only thing you should probably be expecting following treatment is bruising or light swelling. Any bruising or redness that does occur will disappear within a few days post-treatment.
If you have any questions post-treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 479.777.8014!
Don’t I need the vein you removed/closed?
Short answer: no. If you’re having issues with a particular vein and need it treated, that vein is already no longer contributing to your circulatory system. So, ablating or removing it is the wisest choice. You don’t technically need every single vein in your body.
Ablating one and closing it off to preserve the health of the rest of your circulatory system is the right decision.
When you close the vein, where does the blood go?
So it may seem a little counterintuitive at first, but closing a vein doesn’t actually disrupt your circulatory system all that much. When we seal a vein, your body naturally reroutes blood through healthy veins to keep blood flow moving effectively.
So, though the body can struggle to work around a damaged vein, removing obstructions or damaged blood vessels allows your blood flow to adjust to the path of least resistance.
Are any of these treatments the same as vein stripping?
No, and thank goodness! Vein stripping is an antiquated, unnecessary, and painful way of treating veins. We’ve left vein stripping in the past—where it belongs.
Dr. Haney and our team use the most up-to-date treatment methods, including Varithena, Venaseal, Radio-frequency ablations, and sclerotherapy, to treat venous insufficiency and poor blood circulation in Rogers.
Does poor circulation treatment in Rogers hurt?
The answer to this question is only complicated because we don’t want to speak for all patients.
What is tolerable to some may be uncomfortable to others, and that’s ok. Most patients experience little to no pain, though. If you’re concerned about pain level, our team will provide topical anesthesia or ice packs.
If you are worried about pain or dealing with pre-treatment anxiety, we’re equipped to provide mild pre-procedure sedation. Pronox (nitrous oxide) is also available for purchase and can be administered during the procedure.
Turn to the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center
If you’re looking to undergo poor blood circulation treatment in Rogers, come to the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center. Our experience and growing suite of care options allow us to guide you toward lasting wellness solutions for a happier, healthier life.
We are a premier practice in Northwest Arkansas for all the highest-quality vein treatments available. Dr. Haney, Dr. Stout, and the expert staff have over 75 years of combined experience in the industry. Patients come to Dr. Haney from all over Northwestern Arkansas, from Fayetteville to Bentonville, to ensure they receive the best concierge-level care and leg vein procedures available.
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