Varicose Vein Procedures
Varicose Vein Treatment Goals
Varicose vein treatments start with a diagnosis of how the disease has affected you. Whether or not you gained problems through lifestyle or heredity circumstances can make a difference in how vein treatment can be resolved. The goal of varicose vein treatment is first to relieve you of any symptoms, such as aching or itchy legs. The next goal would be to prevent any future complications that if left untreated could cause serious physical injury. The final goal would be to improve overall appearance of your the affected areas.
How to Treat Varicose Veins
After determining the cause of your vein disease, there are two main things that can be done to treat varicose veins. The first method that is usually the go-to treatment for varicose veins would be a lifestyle change. Through a consultation, we can determine what in your life could be causing failure of your veins. Lifestyle changes include:
Immobility: Avoid Standing or sitting for long periods of time. When sitting, crossing your legs or keeping them still without elevation causes poor blood flow throughout your veins.
Exercise: Physical activities and improved muscle tone assist in helping your low pressure veins pump blood easier.
Weight Loss: Blood flow is often weak and the pressure is hard on your veins if you are overweight or obese. Loosing some weight could improve your blood flow again.
Shoes: Wearing shoes that do not hurt your feet could also be beneficial to your varicose veins. Shoes, such as high heels being worn for long periods of time cause problems. As an alternative it is recommended to wear lower heeled shoes, which can help tone your calf muscles, in return helping blood move through the veins again.
Varicose Vein Procedures
The second method which is hopefully not required, but useful is necessary is medical procedures on varicose veins. The procedures including either removing varicose veins or closing them entirely. Removing and closing varicose veins usually do not cause problems, because blood will find other veins to travel to. Vincent Vein Center may not use all the methods mentioned because of our goal to provide comfortable and painless treatments for our clients.
Types of procedure include:
Sclerotherapy: Using a liquid chemical to close off the varicose veins, the injected chemical causes irritation and scarring inside the vein, which then causes the vein to close itself off and fade away from view.
Microsclerotherapy: Often used to treat spider veins and other small veins. This method is good to prevent any future damage that may be caused from small varicose veins.
Laser Surgery: By applying light energy from a laser onto a varicose vein, the laser light makes the vein fade away. This method is used mostly for smaller varicose veins, such as spider veins. No cutting or injections are involved.
Endovenous Ablation Therapy: By using laser or radio waves to create heat, the varicose vein closes itself off. Tiny cuts in your skin near the vein are made so a small tube or catheter can be inserted into the vein and heat the inside of the vein up.
Endoscopic Vein Surgery: Small cuts are made in the skin near the affected varicose vein and a tiny camera at the end of a tube is inserted through the vein with a surgical device attached that is then used to close the vein.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy: After making a small cut near the affected varicose vein, the doctor will remove the veins. These procedures is usually only done with smaller veins, such as spider veins or other veins that are close to the skin.
Vein Stripping and Ligation: Vein stripping and ligation is done with severe cases of varicose vein deficiency. This procedure involves tying the veins shut and removing them through small cuts in your skin. This procedure the patient is usually put to sleep so that pain is not felt. Recovery time for this procedure is typically 1-4 weeks.