Ocala Vein Treatments
Ocala Vein Center implements state of the art comprehensive treatment of varicose veins and venous disease in the Central Florida area.
Dr. Reddy has a reputation for addressing some of the most complex arterial and vein disease cases. His expertise extends to deep vein disease treatments and trans-pedal approach to limb salvage.
Most importantly, Dr. Reddy takes the time with each patient educating them on their issues and carefully explaining your treatment options. His passion for his patients is evident when you first meet with him.
After a comprehensive evaluation that includes an ultrasound examination of the veins, our vein specialists will determine the optimal treatment for each patient’s needs.
After a complete evaluation that includes an ultrasound examination of the veins by experienced Ultrasound Technicians (CVT), our vein specialists will determine the optimal treatment for each patient’s needs. The screening takes 5-10 minutes and we check both deep veins and superficial venous disease.
Arterial screening helps detect blood vessel blockages or plaque buildup that puts a person at risk for gangrene in their legs, damage in their legs, an aneurysm, other vascular diseases that could lead to amputation and limb loss.
A screening provides a good snapshot of what is going on in the blood vessels.
Arterial Occlusion (PAD) Treatment
Most amputations in United States are preventable if early diagnosis and treatments were offered. We bring state-of-art technologies to cure some of the bad blockages. The usual treatments include balloon angioglasty (using a inflatable balloon to open the narrowed vessels), atherectomy (directional and rotational), which involves cleaning the arteries by reducing and eliminating the blockages, or sometimes even stenting. Some of the blockages are long and complicated with extensive involvement where traditional approaches may fail to cure them. In such clinical scenarios we do trans-pedal revascularization (access via the foot vessel) to save the legs. We bring advanced technologies like IVUS (Intra-vascular ultrasound) to accurately evaluate the stenosis in difficult cases. All treatments are done in our vascular facility and under conscious sedation and local anesthetics using the insertion of the sheath via the groin.
Endovenous ablation is an image-guided, minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize (burn) and close the abnormal veins that lead to varicose veins. This state of the art treatment option replaces traditional vein stripping surgery.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Reddy will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The slender catheter delivers radio frequency energy to the catheter, which heats the vein wall. As the vein wall is heated and the catheter withdrawn, the collagen in the wall shrinks and the vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
Following the procedure a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing.
Will It Hurt?
You may feel slight pressure when the catheter is inserted, but no serious discomfort. Injection of local anesthetic around the vein is the most uncomfortable part of the procedure because it usually requires multiple injections along the vein. Actual closure of the vein with heat is usually not painful.
We recommend that you refrain from driving at least 48 hours after your procedure.
You may be encouraged to refrain from strenuous activities for a period of time. Most patients resume normal activities within 24 hours.
Acute DVT can often be treated with anticoagulation alone. However, in select cases, removal of the offending clot can help improve symptoms and prevent development of post-thrombotic syndrome, which includes pain, swelling, skin changes and venous ulcers.
An ultrasound is used to access the target vein, then a small catheter is used to access across the clot and a clot suctioning angiojet is used to extract some of the clots. This is normally an outpatient procedure. You will be provided with a mild sedation and the area will be numb.
Blood thinners and compression stockings are often used to encourage blood flow and prevent recurrent clotting.
You may be encouraged to refrain from strenuous activities for a period of time.
The primary goal in treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is to prevent the blood clot from getting bigger and preventing it from breaking loose causing a pulmonary embolism.
Treatment Options Include:
- Blood Thinners. This is the most common treatment. These drugs may either be injected or taken as pills as determined by your doctor.
- Clot Busters. If your DVT is more serious, or other medications are not working, a clot buster or thrombolytics may be prescribed. Administered by IV or through a catheter directly into the clot.
- Filters. If you cannot take medicine to thin your blood, you may have a filter inserted into a large vein. This will prevent a clot that breaks loose from lodging in your lungs.
- Compression Stockings. These help keep the swelling down. The pressure of the compression helps reduce the chances your blood will pool and clot.
In the United States it is estimated that up to 1.8 million people are afflicted with venous ulcers which are the most common chronic wounds treated in wound care centers. More than half of the venous ulcers treated are recurring ulcerations, or wounds that might have healed before, but later return.
Conventional treatments for venous ulcer patients include the use of antibiotics, salves, and compression therapy. However, these treatments have high failure and recurrence rates.
Attempts to heal the skin without correcting the underlying venous insufficiency can lead to a delayed ulcer healing and recurrence.
Ocala Vein can offer you a minimally-invasive option to traditional surgery for the venous ulcers on your legs. It is the only endovenous, ablation device specifically cleared by FDA for the treatment of incompetent perforating veins, the most common origin of your leg ulcers. This outpatient treatment can be either the primary procedure or it can be performed in addition to other outpatient leg vein procedures.
With sclerotherapy, we inject a special solution directly into the tiny vein using a fine needle. The solution shrinks the veins and causes the blood to be redirected to other veins. The sealed-off veins are eventually absorbed by the body. Depending on the individual, we may also use ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Though patients may require several treatments, sessions are quick and the patient can return to his or her normal activities immediately afterward.