The Connecticut Center for Advanced Vein Therapy (CCAVT) is located in the Turnpike Office Park on Straits Turnpike in Middlebury, CT. CCAVT offers patients state of the art technology in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins.
The treatment of varicose veins has undergone considerable improvement over the last few years and the CCAVT is a comprehensive treatment facility offering diagnostic doppler ultrasound, injection sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and ambulatory phlebectomy.
Our physicians are interventional radiologists board certified in vascular and interventional radiology. Together they have over 40 years of experience. They are trained in ultrasound imaging of lower extremity veins in addition to the various treatment methods of varicose veins. This specialized training assures that the treatment we choose for you is necessary and the correct treatment. We are committed to giving you a Great Pair of Legs!
The first step in treatment is a full exam, review of your medical history and an ultrasound of the veins to evaluate your legs. The doctors at CCAVT will review the findings and discuss all the various options and help you decide what treatment is best for you.
Phlebectomy is a method of removing larger bulging veins on the surface of the legs. The procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. The incisions are so small that no stitches are required. Veins are very collapsible such that even large veins may be removed. There is no need for general anesthesia. Your leg will be numbed in the treated area with lidocaine or EMLA Cream. (EMLA Cream is a topical anesthetic that numbs the skin and decreases the sensation of pain.) After treatment, a compression bandage or stocking is worn and the patient is able to walk following the procedure.
Endovenous laser therapy has been developed to treat chronic venous insufficiency by delivering laser energy through a small puncture in the leg to close the diseased vein. No surgery is required and the entire procedure can be performed in approximately one hour in our office. During the procedure, you are awake and your leg is anesthetized.
The vein is punctured at the knee with a tiny needle. There, through a tiny nick in the skin, a spaghetti sized, plastic tube is placed into the vein and guided up to the groin. A very thin laser fiber device is passed through the plastic tube and then energized and slowly withdrawn from the vein. This seals the vein. You will feel no pain during the activation. The tiny skin nick is bandaged and then your compression stocking is applied while you are lying on the table. The entire procedure should take approximately one hour.
There is no need for general anesthesia. Your leg will be numbed in the treated area with lidocaine or EMLA Cream. (EMLA Cream is a topical anesthetic that numbs the skin and decreases the sensation of pain.) You will be awake for the entire procedure. If desired, a sedative can be prescribed to take before the procedure.
Sclerotherapy involves a chemical injection of medication into the vein that causes it to close and eventually be absorbed by the body. This is used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. It is a relatively simple procedure that requires no anesthesia. The needle that is used is so thin and the sclerosing solution is so mild that the discomfort is usually minimal. A compression stocking is worn for two weeks during the day to guard against blood clots and to promote healing.