Varicose veins may be unsightly but they can often lead to more serious problems down the line. Some people may not be bothered dealing with these “spider-like” appearances in their lower extremities, but others feel pain or experience skin damage. Instances such as these demand San Diego Vascular Center’s varicose vein removal Orange County.
There are different treatment options for varicose veins and they fall under two categories: conservative methods and invasive interventions. The conservative form of treatment usually includes compression therapy, leg elevation, weight loss, and pharmacological therapy. If none of these procedures are effective then there’s an option to go for newer, more invasive vein treatments.
Vein Therapies for Varicose Vein Removal Orange County
The term “invasive procedure” may sound the alarm bells in your mind, but methods that fall under this category aren’t completely invasive. In fact, endovenous laser treatment only takes between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and doesn’t require a hospital stay.
In this varicose vein removal method, medication is injected into the vein to deliberately cause endothelial damage, fibrosis, inflammation, or occlusion. This leads to the unwanted vessels to be absorbed.
The sclerosant, which is the injected medication that causes irritation, comes in two forms: detergents and osmotic agents. The latter involves solutions that dehydrate endothelial cells, leading to their death. The former, on the other hand, still inflicts endothelial damage but the solution is much stronger since it is used on much larger veins.
This is a more advanced version of sclerotherapy where a detergent is combined with air or carbon dioxide to increase the contact time between it and the endothelial surface. Using a detergent as a sclerosant is strong enough, but this solution is stronger and also used in treating larger veins.
A hospital admission isn’t needed to undergo this procedure since it can be done in an office setting with the help of a local anesthetic. The procedure involves closing the offending veins – the saphenous and the perforator – without removing them. A catheter is inserted into the saphenous vein where a vein closure method is delivered to close it. This procedure is also done with the help of an ultrasound machine.
Endovenous laser ablation or EVLA is one of the vein closure methods that can be used. It involves the application of heat to the vein and as such, can be a painful procedure.
After Surgery Care
Outpatient procedures usually require a bit of rest but bear in mind that you may experience pain but not of a severe variety. The dressings should remain in place for at least 24 to 48 hours. While you can shower, make sure the water isn’t too hot; swimming in public places or taking a bath is prohibited until the surgical wound has fully healed.
The presence of varicose veins don’t have to bother you. There are different treatment options to get rid of them, including minimally invasive procedures, like sclerotherapy. If you want varicose vein removal Orange County, get in touch with San Diego Vascular today so we can discuss the treatment best suited for you.
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