Varicose Vein Treatment in Columbus, Ohio
There are many ways to treat varicose veins and spider veins, most of which are minimally invasive and feature a fast recovery time. The vein experts at Columbus Vein Center specialize in the latest technologies and procedures that can make your legs look and feel great. Why wait? Schedule a free consultation today.
Nearly every vein treatment plan begins with a diagnostic procedure called a duplex ultrasound. This painless, noninvasive technique uses ultrasound imaging to view how blood is moving through your veins to find the location, pathway and size of your varicose veins. Once we know this information, we can decide on a treatment plan.
In the past, vein surgery consisted of ligation and stripping procedures. Today, we’ve progressed to an entire range of much less invasive and more effective treatments for veins safely performed in a convenient outpatient center.
Varicose Vein Procedure Options
Also known as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), VNUS ClosureFast, or RF Closure, this is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure in which a small catheter is inserted into the varicose vein to direct radiofrequency (RF) energy into the vein walls to make the affected vein seal itself shut. The body will reabsorb the damaged vein, redirecting blood flow to other healthy veins. Typical treatment time is between one and two hours. There is only mild discomfort, mostly related to the administration of the local anesthetic. Compression stockings must be worn for two weeks. Patients generally return to work the next day, staying active but refraining from cardiovascular
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA), this is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein, directing laser energy into the vein wall. The vein walls shrink and collapse and the body eventually reabsorbs the vein, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins.
Typical treatment time is between one and two hours. There is mild discomfort, mostly related to the administration of the local anesthetic. Compression stockings must be worn for two weeks. Patients generally return to work the next day, staying active by refraining from cardiovascular activity for two weeks after the procedure.
The VenaSeal™ closure system requires no anesthetic, is virtually pain-free, and you don’t have to wear compression stockings afterwards. Safe and effective, this procedure uses a medical adhesive to close the vein. Symptoms should improve immediately after the vein is closed, and a reduced recovery time means you can return to normal activities right away. This in-office procedure is perfect for people who want to get in, get out, and get on with their life without any downtime. Please note, this treatment is currently not covered by insurance other than Medicare.
Varicose veins that are large and close to the skin’s surface may require a procedure called ambulatory phlebectomy. After numbing the skin, an incision of about 1 mm in size is made and the diseased veins are extracted. This allows patients to heal more quickly and with less pain.
Patients must wear compression stockings for two weeks following the procedure to facilitate healing.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins and varicose veins that occur most commonly on the legs. The process consists of a chemical solution, or sclerosant, that is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. The solution irritates the damaged vein, causing it to collapse. The body will then absorb the faulty vein, redirecting blood flow to other healthy veins.
What to Expect from Treatment
Sclerotherapy can be used cosmetically to treat spider veins and medically to treat varicose veins. Since the needle used to inject the solution into the vein is very fine, the procedure is minimally-invasive, performed at the doctor’s office, and virtually pain-free. If receiving treatment for a large varicose vein, a patient may feel slight discomfort that is only temporary. Depending on the diagnosis, a patient may require more than one treatment session, and the number of veins treated in each session will vary as well.
The Recovery Process
After treatment, patients can return to normal daily activities. Your doctor may recommend that you wear compression socks or stockings for a certain period of time to help the veins heal. Walking is encouraged to help with blood flow. Hot baths, saunas and hot tubs should be avoided for at least two weeks following treatment, and sunblock should be applied to the treated areas to protect against direct sunlight.
To assure proper placement of the needle and monitor the injection of the sclerosant, ultrasound imaging is used to treat veins located further below the surface of the skin. Today, medical technology boasts a wide range of treatment methods for varicose veins and spider veins. Contact the Columbus Vein Center to schedule a free consultation and find out which approach is the right one for you.