Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Varicose veins affect countless people across the United States and around the world. Although this condition is common, it can still be difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Many people find this condition to be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. In fact, varicose veins can cause a number of different symptoms, including pain, cramping, tingling, weakness, heaviness, restlessness and more.
Fortunately, there are several varicose vein treatment options available to help alleviate the symptoms of this condition. Some of these treatment options include:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a thin needle to inject a special solution into abnormal veins. This solution irritates the lining of the veins and causes them to seal off.
Laser ablation uses laser energy to treat varicose veins and force them closed. To deliver the energy into the vein, the surgeon uses a thin needle and a small laser fiber. Pain and recovery time are both minimal during this procedure.
If you have larger, bulging varicose veins, you may benefit from microphlebectomy. During this procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions or punctures in your skin and remove the affected vein from your body completely. This procedure provides immediate cosmetic results and requires little to no recovery time.
Nonthermal ablation is the newest treatment procedure that does not require heat. Instead, this procedure involves the use of nonthermal technology through the use of chemical energy to close veins. This procedure is more comfortable and faster than many of the other options available. Three types of nonthermal ablation are currently available: Venaseal, Varithena and ClariVein.
Radiofrequency closure, also called “Venefit,” is the gold standard vein procedure and uses radiofrequency waves to treat varicose veins. To perform this procedure, a vein doctor uses ultrasound guidance to position the catheter precisely in the target vein. The physician will then deliver radiofrequency waves into the vein causing them to close.
All of these treatment options offer different advantages and benefits to patients. To find out which of these options may be best for you, make an appointment with a vein specialist. To schedule a consultation, please contact Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center.