Exploring Your Vein Treatment Options

Spider veins and varicose veins affect people all over the country, causing them both embarrassment and discomfort. Fortunately, several different treatments are available for people with this condition. Below is some basic information about the different vein treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that can be used to treat spider veins or varicose veins. During this procedure, a vein doctor uses a thin needle to inject a special solution into each of the veins being treated. This solution irritates the vein and forces it to close off. Eventually, the body will absorb the vein. For veins located deeper within the tissues, sclerotherapy may be used in conjunction with ultrasound guidance in order to improve accuracy.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment, which may be referred to simply as EVLT, uses laser energy to treat varicose veins. During this procedure, a surgeon begins by numbing the skin around the treatment area. Next, the surgeon inserts a laser fiber directly into the affected vein and delivers laser energy to its interior. This energy causes the walls to shrink. The body will eventually absorb the vein and direct blood flow to healthier vessels in the area.

VNUS Closure

VNUS Closure is similar to EVLT. However, this procedure utilizes radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy. During the procedure, a thin catheter is inserted directly into the veins. This catheter is used to deliver radiofrequency energy to the interior of the vein, which causes the vein to seal off.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

If a varicose vein is close to the surface of the skin, a procedure known as “ambulatory phlebectomy” can be used to deal with the issue. During this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions near the affected vein and uses surgical hooks to remove the vein from the body in pieces. After this procedure, the vein and any associated symptoms have been eliminated entirely.

If you think you have varicose veins or spider veins, you may benefit from one of the procedures above. However, each of these procedures offers its own advantages and disadvantages. To find out which procedure is best for you, contact the Columbus Vein Center to schedule an appointment with a vein doctor.