The Center For Advanced Vein Care | Vericose Veins | Hickory NC

About The Center For Advanced Vein Care | Vericose Veins | Hickory NC

Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions in Hickory, NC, offers a wide variety of safe and effective treatments for varicose and spider veins. The physicians and professional staff at Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions are the area’s leading experts in diagnosing and treating those embarrassing and uncomfortable varicose and spider veins. Our offices are conveniently located in Conover, NC.

Qualified and Friendly Professionals

Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions is proud of its well-qualified staff. Our office and support staff is unsurpassed in professionalism and compassion.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostics and Therapies

Using state-of-the-art equipment, the surgeons at Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions can diagnose and treat everything from annoying and unsightly spider veins to the most complex cases of varicose veins. These highly trained physicians can determine the cause of varicose and spider veins, including cases of venous insufficiency where blood cannot flow against the forces of gravity and therefore pool in the lower legs, and valve disease that allows blood to flow backwards and down to the feet.

In addition to other surgical treatments, Dr. Thompson offers top-notch varicose vein treatments including radiofrequency ablation, phlebectomy, sclerotherapy, and foam sclerotherapy. Radiofrequency ablation and the two types of sclerotherapy shut down veins with poorly functioning valves, causing the body to reroute blood flow to healthy nearby veins. Phlebectomy removes the diseased veins through a small incision in the skin.

Convenient Location

We perform these procedures in a clean, comfortable office-like setting. We administer local anesthesia and utilize the most sophisticated techniques to relieve varicose and spider veins quickly and safely – most procedures take less than 60 minutes. You will even be able to walk out of the office on your own two beautiful legs. Our knowledgeable staff will help you every step along the way, from your first appointment to your last visit.

We adhere to the highest standards in vein treatment because we genuinely care about the health and well-being of your veins. The professionals at Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions understand that varicose and spider veins are more than just embarrassing – varicose veins are uncomfortable and can prevent you from doing those things you love to do.

Contact Advanced Vein Care & Laser Solutions to learn more today.

Vein Treatment

Problems of the Veins

Causes

Problems with the veins of the legs can arise due to injury, aging, demands of the workplace, and disease. Some venous disorders are hereditary and others are the result of disease elsewhere in the body or the medications used to treat them. Since the cause of vein disorders varies so widely, the diverse array of vein treatment options that Dr. Thompson has mastered allow him to work with patients suffering from vein disorders of every kind.

Disorders

Vein disorders run the gamut from minor cosmetic concerns to painful, debilitating varicose veins that truly diminish a person’s enjoyment of life. One very common cosmetic concern is spider veins, small veins close to the surface of the skin that are clearly visible but cause little, if any, pain. Varicose veins in the legs can become ulcerated, leaving the patient in intense pain and at risk of developing dangerous infection. Treatment of varicose veins is most satisfying when it starts early, before danger of complication becomes an issue. Dr. Thompson uses different vein treatment techniques and equipment to treat each form of vein disorder.

Treatment Options

The equipment and treatment techniques used at the Hickory vein clinic is state-of-the-art technology that can be utilized in the vein doctor’s private office. Most procedures done at the vein clinic are minimally invasive and produce very little pain. A typical recovery is so speedy that many patients feel good enough to return to work the very next day.

Some of the treatments and technologies that Dr. Thompson employes include:

  • ambulatory phlebectomy
  • endovenous thermal ablation
  • laser techniques
  • injection therapy
  • radio-frequency applications of energy
  • ultrasound guided injection therapy

The vein clinic in Hickory welcomes patients of every age and for every concern. Referrals from other physicians are never necessary and most major medical and healthcare insurance plans are accepted.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are most often swollen, gnarled veins that most frequently occur in the legs, ankles and feet. They are produced by a condition known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux, in which blood circulating through the lower limbs does not properly return to the heart but instead pools up in the distended veins.

More than 25 million Americans suffer from venous reflux disease. The symptoms can include pain and fatigue in the legs, swollen ankles and calves, burning or itching skin, skin discoloration and leg ulcers. In less severe cases, thin, discolored vessels – “spider veins” – may be the only symptom.

Gender and age are two primary risk factors in the development of venous reflux. An estimated 72% of American women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins symptoms by the time they reach their sixties. Women who have been pregnant more than once and people who are obese, have a family history of varicose veins or spend a great deal of time standing have an elevated risk for the condition, but it can occur in almost anyone at almost any age. Varicose veins never go away without treatment and frequently progress and worsen over time.

Severe varicose veins can have a significant impact on the lives of people who work on their feet, such as nurses, teachers, and flight attendants. Research has shown that more than two million workdays are lost each year in the US, and annual expenditures for treatment total $1.4 billion.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known medically as telangiectasia or venulectasias, are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency, similar to varicose veins but smaller. They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin surface that frequently resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are generally red, blue or purple and are clearly visible, usually on the thighs, lower legs and face. Spider veins can sometimes cover large areas of skin, but they are a cosmetic problem only, rarely causing physical symptoms. At least a third of all women and a smaller percentage of men are believed to display the condition.

Spider veins are capillaries, thin vessels directly connected with the larger venous system, and like varicose veins they are caused by venous reflux. Spider veins may be isolated or associated with “feeder” veins or with larger underlying varicose veins, but they are not varicose veins – they do not bulge above the skin surface and do not require medical treatment.

Spider veins can be diagnosed merely by sight. They tend to take on one of three characteristic patterns – a “sunburst” or spider-web pattern radiating outward from a central point, a “tree-branch” pattern, or a “matting” or linear pattern that may be nothing more than a set of thin lines. Even in the absence of physical discomfort, some physicians observing spider veins prefer to conduct ultrasound exams to determine the extent of the problem and the underlying causes of the condition.

Risk factors for spider veins are similar to those for varicose veins – age, heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity and extended periods of standing – as well as sun exposure, particularly in fair-skinned people, and injuries to the skin surface. Some physicians believe that exercise, weight loss and the wearing of support hose and flat shoes instead of high heels can reduce the incidence of spider veins.

Spider vein treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive and include sclerotherapy and laser procedures. They are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by health insurance or Medicare unless a more serious underlying condition is diagnosed.

FAQ

What are varicose veins?

The term ‘varicose veins‘ is often used to describe everything from smaller, spider veins (red or blue veins on the surface of the skin) up to true varicose veins (swollen, bulging veins with a rope-like appearance). Varicose veins are quite common, with one in three woman and one in five men experience problems. Varicose vein symptoms can include swelling, a tired, heavy feeling, leg fatigue, leg pain, as well as burning and itching sensations.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are almost always associated with venous reflux. This occurs when the valves in the leg veins don’t work well, and backward blood flow causes pooling in the lower leg. Without treatment, the pressure this creates may increase over time and cause additional varicose veins and symptoms. People with a family history and who are older, obese or are pregnant may be at increased risk of developing varicose veins.

Can varicose veins be prevented?

It is unclear if varicose veins can be prevented, but certain actions may help limit the disease’s progression and symptoms. Routine exercise, maintaining a normal weight, avoiding excessively long periods of standing or sitting, and the use of compression stockings may all help alleviate symptoms.

What happens if I don’t treat the vein?

If you have underlying venous disease (e.g., venous reflux), the pressure created by backflow of blood and pooling in the lower legs may create a progressive condition that only gets worse with time. This may lead to additional spider veins and varicose veins, and in some cases can lead to swelling and venous ulcers at the lower calf and ankle. Only a trained vein specialist can effectively evaluate your spider veins or varicose veins.

Will my spider veins or varicose veins reoccur, even with treatment?

Sometimes the same factors that helped to cause your first spider veins or varicose veins (e.g., family history, age, obesity, female hormones, etc.) will make you predisposed to develop additional vein conditions. If a specific vein is properly treated, it usually does not recur, but it is possible that other veins may become diseased. This is why it is important that even if you have what appear to be simple, cosmetic spider veins, that you consult a vein specialist who can determine if you have an underlying condition (venous reflux). If you do, and you don’t treat the cause of the problem, additional spider veins or varicose veins are likely to develop.

Won’t I need that vein?

Procedures like sclerotherapyEVLT and Closure act to close down a faulty vein. The vein being closed is dysfunctional and is allowing blood to flow backwards and pool, so leaving it open only makes things worse. The body contains numerous other healthy veins that are still functional and can easily take up the additional flow. Treatment of the faulty veins almost always results in improved blood flow in the overall vein system.

What is the cost of vein treatment?

Procedures like EVLT, Closure and vein stripping, when shown to be medically necessary, are commonly covered by Medicare and insurance providers. Sclerotherapy for spider veins is generally considered a cosmetic procedure and usually not covered. Consult your local insurance provider to determine your exact eligibility and coverage as well as cost.

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Our Physician

At The Center for Advanced Vein Care in Hickory, North Carolina, Dr. Aaron Thompson, Jr., enjoys a growing clientele of patients seeking treatment for unsightly or painful vein problems. Dr. Thompson combines the knowledge he gained through years of study focused on surgery and diseases of the veins with the most advanced technologies available to help each and every patient fell good about his or her body image and to enjoy a life free of pain due to disorders of the venous system.

In his private practice at The Center for Advanced Vein Care in Hickory, NC, Dr. Thompson counts more than 3,000 legs that have had blemishes erased and bulging veins reduced or removed. At the vein center, Dr. Thompson employs various techniques and technologies that allow him to customize treatment options and procedures to meet the unique needs of every patient. Referrals are never needed and he works with most major medical insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Professional Affiliations:

Current:

Dr. Aaron Thompson also maintains his affiliations with the following medical centers in the area:

  • 1994 to present — Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC | Active Staff
  • 1994 to present — Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, NC | Courtesy Staff

Previous:

Before establishing a medical practice in North Carolina, Dr. Thompson was an attending physician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, where he completed his surgical internship and residency.

Education:

Dr. Thompson earned the following degrees and achievements during his study of medicine:

  • 1982 — Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology, University of Virginia / Charlottesville, VA
  • 1986 — Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Virginia School of Medicine / Charlottesville, VA
  • 1986 to 1993 — Internship and Residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / Newark

Honors / Distinctions:

In addition to working with patients in his private practice, Dr. Thompson maintains affiliation and honorary distinction with medical societies in the region and state:

  • Catawba County (NC) Medical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center — Chief / Section of General Surgery in 2005 and Chair of the medical center’s Department of Surgery from 2010 to 2012

Dr. Thompson achieved board certification by the American Board of Surgery in 1996.