Varicose Vein Treatment
Typically, non-interventional approaches are tried first. This might include:
- Elevating your legs several times a day for 15 to 20 minutes a time
- Wearing compression stockings, which help to squeeze your veins and prevent blood from flowing backward
- Flexing your leg muscles during periods of extended sitting or standing
When these types of treatments do not relieve varicose veins, minimally invasive or surgical approaches may be used, depending upon the extent and severity of the problem.
Sclerotherapy: During sclerotherapy, the vascular specialist injects a chemical into the varicose vein. The chemical irritates and scars the veins from the inside out.
Ablation: A thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is inserted into the varicose vein. Tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat the walls of the vein and destroy it.
Laser treatment: A tiny fiber is inserted into the varicose vein through a catheter. The fiber carries laser energy that kills the diseased portion of your varicose vein. Laser treatment using the VenaCure EVLT system has several advantages, including:
- Treatment typically takes less than an hour and can be performed in the doctor's office
- The success rate is up to 98 percent.
- Symptom relief is immediate
- Patients can return to normal activities immediately with little to no pain
- No general anesthesia or hospitalization is required
- There is minimal - to no - scarring
- The procedure is typically covered by insurance