Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins that are visible underneath the skin. These typically form in the legs, but may also occur in other areas of the body. For example, hemorrhoids are a type of varicose veins.
A vein is a one-way valve that prompts the blood to flow towards the heart. If these valves are damaged or weak, the blood gets clogged and pools in the veins. This leads to swelling and a diagnosis of varicose veins.
This condition frequently occurs in older females who have a familial history of this condition. Females who don’t exercise often or are overweight are likely to develop varicose veins more easily.
What is Varicose Vein Treatment?
There are several varicose vein treatment options available. These are:
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise to improve your condition. In addition, you must avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Elevate your legs, and refrain from wearing constricting clothing.
- Compression Stockings
You may be advised to wear compression stockings. This is the first step before considering other treatment options. Compression stockings gradually squeeze the veins. It helps the blood in the legs flow more efficiently. The compression varies according to the type of sock and brand. Both prescription strength and branded stockings are available.
In case you don’t respond to the first two treatment options, we may recommend the following.
A solution or foam is injected into small and medium-sized veins. This scars and shuts these veins. In a couple of weeks, these treated veins will fade. Sometimes the same vein may require multiple injections. This treatment doesn’t require anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis.
- Laser Vein Removal
The laser vein removal treatment utilizes strong light bursts that are directed into spider and varicose veins. This forces the veins to fade and disappear. No needles or incisions are utilized.
- Catheter-Assisted Procedures with Laser Energy
Using this technique, a catheter is inserted into the enlarged varicose vein. The tip of the catheter is heated with laser energy. As the catheter is slowly pulled out, the vein is destroyed by the heat. Eventually, the vein collapses and closes off. This method is preferred for large varicose veins.
- Vein Stripping and High Ligation
In this procedure, the vein is tied off before it joins another deep vein. Using small incisions, the vein is eventually removed. Removal of the vein will not prevent the blood from circulating because deep veins are already there to manage the circulation.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
In this treatment option, the varicose veins are cut out using small skin punctures. Certain areas of your leg are numbed and pricked. This is an outpatient procedure and scarring is very minimal.
- Endoscopic Vein Surgery
If other options fail, this operation may be required to remove the veins. It is used when leg ulcers have developed. During the procedure, we will insert a small video camera into your legs to close off the varicose veins and remove them using a small incision. This is also performed on an outpatient basis.
The treatments available for varicose veins are safe and highly effective. You can safely return home immediately after the procedure, but you may experience some discomfort for a couple of days depending on the method used. You may be advised to rest and keep your legs elevated for the day.
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