Varicose veins aren’t pretty. Although you may think of them as a cosmetic issue, there are instances when they become a health complication. The good news is that, either way, there is a varicose vein treatment best suited for the severity of your problem.
Varicose Vein Treatment
A doctor needs to perform a physical exam to determine the kind of treatment you’ll receive. It’s not uncommon that varicose veins be treated through self-care methods, such as avoiding long periods of standing or sitting, elevating legs, and wearing compression stockings, but you might need to undergo a non-invasive procedure if your varicose veins are accompanied with pain and aching.
The best varicose vein treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your problem. These are the most effective treatments for severe varicose vein troubles:
This treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein which causes it to scar and then collapse. As a result, blood is forced to travel through other healthier veins. The vein that closed is then absorbed back into the tissue, eliminating the unsightly vein from your legs.
It takes a few weeks before results of sclerotherapy sessions to take effect. In some instances, it might even take a full month. And for some cases, multiple sessions may be needed to fully treat gnarled veins.
Sclerotherapy is often recommended for removing varicose veins that are small to medium in size.
An alternative to conventional sclerotherapy is foam sclerotherapy which can be used to treat larger veins. This procedure still uses a solution but that solution is turned into a foam before being injected into the vein. It is guided by ultrasound and may cause the vein to spasm rather intensely.
The process involved in this procedure is called “stripping”. Like the name suggests, this involves “stripping” away varicose veins. Unlike sclerotherapy, this one involves making small incisions and therefore can result in some scarring. Since this involves making incisions on the skin, recovery time may take longer.
Also called radiofrequency (RF) ablation, this procedure is non-invasive and makes use of RF energy to heat the collagen found in the offending vein. This leads to the vein collapsing and then shutting down. Just like the results of sclerotherapy, blood is re-routed to veins that are much healthier.
This procedure is an outpatient procedure. Meaning, there is very little downtime. You can be back doing regular tasks in around one to two days. Since the procedure may hurt, a local anesthesia will likely be used for your comfort.
Choosing a Varicose Vein Treatment
You might still need a little help deciding the varicose vein treatment that is right for you even after reading about the different options. That’s what medical professionals are here for: to collaborate and guide you in making the right decision.
A vascular surgeon will also ask you about your current condition or any medication you are taking at the moment in order to give you the best recommendations. To learn more about the different treatment options available, get in touch with San Diego Vascular Center today.
We specialize in diagnosis and treatment for any and all vascular health issues for patients in San Diego County, Orange County and Riverside County. For more information or to set an appointment, please contact us.