At the Austin Vein Institute, you will find compassion and understanding. Our double board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Christopher Brennig, will listen to your concerns to gain insight into any vascular problems you might be experiencing. In our office in Austin, TX, we use the latest ultrasound technology and a vascular evaluation tool to accurately see, target, and effectively treat veins. This in-depth vein ultrasound is used to locate the root cause of potential vein problems and then treat them with precision. Dr. Brennig personally performs all treatments at the Institute.
Patients with long-standing varicose veins are at an increased risk for phlebitis and thrombosis (blood clots and inflammation in the veins), which are very painful and potentially dangerous. This condition can lead to the possibility of clots breaking loose and traveling to the heart and lungs known as a pulmonary embolism. The longer varicose veins are left untreated, the more they will spread around to other areas of the legs and feet, eventually becoming even larger and more numerous.
As time passes, more damage will accumulate in the surrounding tissues. The most common signs of damage related to varicose veins are leg swelling, pain, heaviness, skin itching (dermatitis) and skin darkening (hyper-pigmentation) increasing with time. Bleeding is also a well-known complication of varicose veins and happens as the veins bulge, pushing up closer to the skin’s surface. In the later stages of vein disease, open skin sores known as venous skin ulcers develop in about 25% of patients. Venous ulcers are most commonly seen in the skin around the ankles. If you have varicose veins or any of these symptoms, we would be happy to schedule you an appointment to consult with Dr. Brennig.
In the initial evaluation, Dr. Brennig will take a thorough health history, perform an examination of the affected veins and then perform a thorough diagnostic venous ultrasound. The ultrasound allows him to see what is going on below the surface of the skin and determine how effectively each of the veins is performing. The treatment plan is then developed based on those findings and discussed in detail.
During your ultrasound-guided therapy, you will see a cross section of the treatment area in real time on a screen in the procedure room. Dr. Brennig will be able to see the damaged vein with this Doppler ultrasound guidance and know exactly where to insert the needle to administer a sclerosant medication. While performing the ultrasound-guided therapy, Dr. Brennig will explain what he is doing, why he is doing it, and answer any of your questions along the way.
Ultrasound-guided therapies are performed in our private and comfortable medical office and take less than an hour. You can walk out after the procedure and resume most of your regular activities right away. For patients with more advanced or complicated varicose veins, subsequent treatments may be necessary to complete the therapy and prevent recurrence. For better recovery, it is important to follow all at-home instructions and attend your follow-up appointments.
Expect first-class care at AVI
If you're living with varicose veins, you know that they can cause many health consequences. Don't wait any longer and schedule your consultation with one of the leading varicose vein specialist in the country, Dr. Brennig at Austin Vein Institute. You will receive a top-notch, uniquely high level of care.