Interventional Vein Specialists
The Interventional Vein Specialists at OHSU, offer state-of-the art treatment for spider veins, varicose veins and other venous problems. Our vein specialists provide collaborative consultations to evaluate the best treatment options for our patients. Our services include sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, and phlebectomy. We work closely with patients throughout the process of consultation, implementing a well thought out treatment plan and providing long term follow-up care to ensure that patients are satisfied and their goals are met.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins by injecting a solution with a tiny needle directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel and eventually causes the vessel to shut down and disappear. We use a variety of sclerosing solutions and mixing techniques (foaming) in order to optimize treatment outcomes specific to the size and type of vein.
Endovenous ablation is an outpatient, non-surgical, safe and effective alternative treatment to traditional vein stripping, It is done to treat larger veins in the leg, such as the greater saphenous vein. The valves inside the veins start to leak and allow blood to flow backwards and stagnate. This condition is called venous reflux. Blood simply pools in the legs and can cause varicose veins, tired and achy legs and in severe cases ulceration of the skin. To treat this condition, a tiny nick in the skin is made, where a small catheter is inserted into the incompetent vein, which then delivers localized heat to the vein wall. The vein wall then becomes damaged, closes down and becomes permanently blocked.
Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, where tiny incisions approximately the size of a grain of rice (4-5 millimeters), are made to remove the large and ropy surface varicose veins. Stitches are not usually needed, scarring is negligible, and discomfort is minimal. These veins are often the cause of tired, achy, swollen legs and can get progressively worse if not treated.
Call Pam at (503) 568-4571
web address: http://www.ohsuhealth.com/askpam/
Services At This Clinic
Clinic and phone consultations to evaluate spider and varicose vein treatment options Sclerotherapy Minimally invasive endovenous ablation treatment using laser or radiofrequency technology Ambulatory phlebectomy Patient hand-out information on spider and varicose veins
Pamela Burrows, RN, BSN
Interventional Vein Specialist
John Kaufman, M.D., MS
Interventional Radiology, Liver Cancer
Khashayar Farsad, M.D., Ph.D.