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Terminology

Here are terms and definitions used by Alsara Vein Clinic and the medical community:

Compression Stockings
Special hoisery that promotes rapid healing. Provides a gradient of pressure – more compressive at the lower end and gradually decreasing towards the upper end.
DVT
Deep Vein Thrombosis. A blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body.
Eczema
Dry, flaky skin rash.
EMA
Endomechanical Ablation. A new treatment that is rivaling EVLA. The procedure closes the problem veins and their tributaries in an effective, safe, and comfortable way.
Edema
Swelling.
EVLA
Endovenous Laser Ablation. A minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that offers an effective alternative to the surgical stripping of veins. EVLA is a procedure that uses laser energy to close the problem veins at their source.
M.D.
Medical Doctor.
N.P.
Nurse Practitioner.
Ohmic Thermolysis
Method of treating Telangectasias using high-frequency energy to eliminate visible spider veins.
Phlebitis
Inflammation of the vein.
Phlebologist
Vein specialist.
Phlebology
The study of venous disease.
RLS
Restless Leg Syndrome. Varicose veins do not cause RLS, but do have many symptoms in common, such as itching, tingling and burning and a constant urge to move you legs.
Sclerotherapy
Method of treating varicose veins and venous insufficiency using medication injected into a vein, causing it to close. Also known as Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy.
TCC
Transcatheter Closure. A tiny catheter is used to deliver medication to the entire length of a vein at one time, through a single entry point.
Telangiectasia
Spider veins.
Ulcers
Skin sores.
USGS
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy.
Varicose Veins
Enlarged veins in the legs that are often visible on the skin surface. They are diseased veins that no longer allow proper blood flow.
Vein Mapping
A non-invasive ultrasound examination of the veins in your legs showing the size & shape of your veins, blood flow, and how the valves in your veins are functioning.
Venous Insufficiency
Condition that occurs when one-way valves inside a vein are damaged, and upward flow of blood is impaired.