Overview of Program
The Varicose Veins Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi deals with diseases of the peripheral venous system, almost exclusively confined to the legs.
The vein disease team diagnoses, treats, and operates with the most innovative techniques on patients suffering from venous insufficiency (where the veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart, indicated by swelling of legs), varicose veins, or spider veins.
The program offers the complete spectrum of services, including an assessment of foot and walking impairment, which can cause a malfunction of the veins.
What We Treat
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi treats the complete spectrum of peripheral vein disorders, from those where the main concern is appearance, to conditions with more serious medical implications.
Spider veins (or telangiectasia) occur when veins form small blue webs on the skin of the legs. They are generally a cosmetic concern rather than a medical issue, and can be controlled by compression stockings, or treated by microinjections to close the vein.
Superficial venous insufficiency and varicose veins (generally two stages of the same process), are a medical problem. Varicose veins appear as non-colored soft bumps over the legs, visible when standing and disappearing when lying flat.
Venous insufficiency can be suspected if one of the legs is swollen or the skin of the lower leg shows pigmentation. In this case, a clinic visit, including an ultrasound investigation, can identify the cause and suggest the best surgical or non-surgical solution.
The vein specialists also treat conditions resulting from clotting of the deep leg veins, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This can be fatal if the clot formed in the leg moves to the lungs.
Diagnosis & Treatment
The varicose veins team tailors treatment specifically to each patient’s individual needs. These types of conditions can affect women and men as young as their 20s, and caregivers work to minimize the visibility of vein problems as well as to treat their medical effects.
Surgical procedures available
Venous insufficiency, eventually leading to varicose veins, is caused by leakage of the valves which normally allow the blood to flow from the foot up to the heart, and can be treated by closing the leaking portion of the vein.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers a full spectrum of techniques, from traditional surgical vein removal, to minimally invasive vein obliteration by laser or thermo catheters. One of the latest methods available is the venaseal procedure, which closes the vein by injecting a substance similar to superglue; a minimally invasive procedure that is almost pain-free.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of the first centers in the region using this technique.
Treatment for varicose veins brings together a range of caregivers, Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
- Vascular surgeons
- Vascular laboratory diagnostic team
- Nurses specialized in the care of venous disease
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