Varicose veins can be both unsightly and uncomfortable for patients. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue to suffer with varicose veins. Several effective varicose vein treatment options are now available to patients with this condition.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are large abnormal veins that develop most commonly in the legs. They are typically the result of venous reflux, a condition that occurs when the valves in the veins malfunction and allow blood to flow backward. If you have varicose veins, you may notice changes in your veins that are easily visible, such as color changes, swelling and twisting. You may also experience physical symptoms, such as pain, tingling, cramping, weakness and numbness.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Treatment options for patients with varicose veins include:
Laser ablation works by treating the lining of the varicose vein with laser energy. Laser energy is delivered via a thin fiber that is inserted into the vein under ultrasound guidance.
Ultrasound Guided Chemical Ablation
For veins that are too deep in the legs to be treated with laser ablation, ultrasound guided chemical ablation may be used. Using ultrasound guidance, the vascular surgeon visualizes the vein and inserts a thin needle. A special chemical will then be injected into the varicose vein.
For veins that are close to the surface of the skin and easily visible, ambulatory microphlebectomy is often recommended. During this procedure, the vascular surgeon makes a series of tiny incisions near the vein. He or she will then pull the vein out of the body using small hooks.
All of these procedures are minimally invasive and require only local anesthesia. They can be performed at a vein clinic with no need for an overnight hospital stay or extensive downtime.
If you are interested in seeking treatment for varicose veins, begin the process by making an appointment with an experienced vein specialist. To schedule your first consultation, contact the Kimmel Institute today.