4 Types of Minimally Invasive Treatments for Varicose Veins

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By South Valley Vascular
November 18, 2020

Varicose veins are large and unsightly veins that often appear in the legs. For many people, these discolored veins are mainly a cosmetic issue. But for some, varicose veins can be the source of pain and discomfort. Varicose veins may also be an indication of an underlying vein issue that has yet to be diagnosed.

Fortunately, several treatment options are available for those who are tired of living with painful varicose veins or simply want to remove them for cosmetic reasons. These minimally invasive procedures can be performed in-office during a single visit and provide exceptional results for most patients.

Four Types of Minimally Invasive Varicose Veins Treatment

There are four main types of minimally invasive treatment designed for varicose veins. The two most popular procedures that are also the most effective include Sclerotherapy and Saphenous Vein Ablation.

Sclerotherapy

With Sclerotherapy, a special solution is injected into the affected vein. The solution causes the vein to scar. It forces the blood in the vein to be rerouted to a nearby healthy vein. The affected vein eventually collapses and is later reabsorbed by the body, causing it to fade away.

Saphenous Vein Ablation

Also commonly known as Endovenous Ablation, this procedure involves using radiofrequency energy to seal off the affected vein. The veins are treated by heating the walls using the radiofrequency. This heat causes the vein walls to collapse, close, and then become sealed shut. This procedure is less invasive than but just as effective as surgical treatments such as Saphenous Vein Litigation and Stripping or Varicose Vein Excision.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is one of the top recommended treatments for large varicose veins. Also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation, EVLT is commonly used to treat varicose veins for cosmetic reasons. However, it can also be used to eliminate or reduce the painful symptoms associated with varicose veins such as swelling, skin irritation, inflammation, or aches and pains.

Microphlebectomy Treatment                

Also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, Microphlebectomy treatment is another effective minimally invasive treatment option for removing damaged varicose veins from the legs. By using microscopic incisions, the veins are removed through the leg’s surface. The procedure is commonly used to treat larger varicose veins and can be an alternative option when sclerotherapy is ineffective.

How to Treat Varicose Veins at Home

If you are looking for non-invasive treatment options for your varicose veins, some conservative treatments will help alleviate the pain and discomfort. A few simple lifestyle changes can make a massive difference in the condition of your varicose veins.

  • If you are overweight, the excess pressure on your leg veins can cause more aches and pains to occur. By losing weight with diet and exercise, you can help eliminate some of the pain and prevent new varicose veins from appearing.
  • Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods. If your job requires you to be on your feet or sit behind a desk for hours, be sure to take plenty of breaks to exercise or relax your legs.
  • Do not cross your legs while you are sitting.
  • Exercising and stretching will help to improve your muscle strength while also increasing healthy blood flow.
  • Avoid wearing clothing that is tight around the waist, the upper thighs, and the legs, as it can restrict your natural blood flow.

Find Varicose Vein Treatment Near You at South Valley Vascular

Along with being a cosmetic nuisance, varicose veins can cause individuals to endure pain and discomfort. South Valley Vascular Associates is here to help if you are interested in minimally invasive treatment options for your varicose veins. Give us a call today at (559) 625-4118 for more details.