Dr. Williams is the Director of the Saint Alphonsus Vein Clinic. The Saint Alphonsus Medical Group vein clinic is located in our Boise office and we provide most of our vein treatments within our procedure room, also located within our office suite. We have the most advanced technology and equipment for venous ablation including Medtronic Venus radiofrequency generator for endovenous ablation procedures. Dr. Williams has been performing endovenous ablation procedures since 2004.
We provide both surgical as well as catheter based treatments and injection treatments, or sclerotherapy. Most patients with venous insufficiency do have symptoms of varicose veins and many of those people realize that the pain in their legs is from varicose veins. However, some of our patients have pain in their legs or restless legs at night and suffer from venous insufficiency, but do not have large, bulging varicose veins that can be easily seen. We usually see a patient initially in consultation comma formal examination, and find out from the patient exactly where their symptoms are located and the character of the symptoms. In order to evaluate the patient's legs for venous insufficiency we obtain a specialized ultrasound. If the ultrasound shows venous insufficiency, then the patient's varicose vein treatment is usually covered by insurance and / or Medicare.
Most often the treatment of venous insufficiency involves endovenous ablation. We use a very small catheter, the size of a spaghetti noodle, which goes inside the vein and welds it shut from the inside. This treatment usually takes one hour to treat one leg, is provided in the office without general anesthesia, and the patient walks out under their own power.