Dr. Afzal is considered a regional expert in vein disease care having performed more than 3000 ablations and 120,000 injections.Dr. Afzal is the regional trainer for Covidien, providing training on radiofrequency ablation, also known as the Venefit procedure. He is also a regional trainer for Vascular Solutions, a company that specializes in the development of medical devices for the vascular field, providing training on endovenous laser ablation, also known as EVLA, Laser and EVLT. He is the only vein doctor in Minnesota who holds this distinction.
The Best Vein Clinic in the Twin Cities
At Afzal Clinics, our goal is to help identify and treat your vein disease as easily and painlessly as possible so you can get back to doing the things you love. Our board-certified doctors use procedures that, in most cases, are covered by your health insurance. With two office locations in the Twin Cities area—Fridley and Edina—we are able to ensure that top-notch care is just minutes from your doorstep.
The process of treating venous disease has evolved dramatically over time, and what was once a painful process with a lengthy recovery period can now be performed as an outpatient procedure. Traditionally, varicose veins were stripped or removed surgically. Today, the providers at Afzal Clinics use state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatments that can help remedy varicose and spider veins to improve the health and appearance of your legs.
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves that allow blood to pool, resulting in bulging, dark blue or purple veins that can cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, varicose veins may cause more serious health problems. Treatment of varicose veins improves circulation in the legs and resolves pain, discomfort, and swelling. Dr. Afzal is considered to be a regional expert in vein disease care and has performed more than 3,000 ablations and 120,000 injections.
Spider veins are small red or blue veins that are visible on the surface of the skin and have a web-like appearance. They can be caused by factors like poor circulation and are most common on the legs. The most effective treatment option for spider veins is visual sclerotherapy, which uses an injectable solution that dries out the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and be absorbed by the body. Spider vein treatments can give you legs that look healthier and more attractive.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to treat varicose veins. A radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the vein through a small incision.
The heat emitted from the catheter damages the vein wall, which then causes it to collapse. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is rerouted to healthy veins.
Phlebectomy is an in-office alternative to surgical vein stripping. With this technique, the ropy, visible veins are removed under local anesthesia through small incisions. The procedure can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes, and most patients can resume normal activities within 24 hours.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is another alternative to surgical vein stripping. With this in-office technique, a liquid or foam is injected into the vein while the doctor visually monitors the vein on an ultrasound screen to ensure safety and accuracy. The treated vein collapses, and blood is rerouted to healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy, which uses an injected solution to close the vein, is the most common treatment for varicose and spider veins on the legs. When varicose or spider
veins are visible to the eye, there is no need for guided ultrasound. Once the solution is injected, the affected vein collapses and is absorbed by the body.
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