What does varicose vein treatment therapy involve? A top vein doctor offers some insight.
Oct 31, 2019
If you have decided that your varicose veins need medical attention, you may be apprehensive about what actually happens during varicose vein treatment therapy. Read on to learn more about what the process actually involves, and what are the best kinds of treatment available.
What are the types of varicose veins treatment therapy?
The main aim of varicose vein treatment therapy is to remove the unhealthy varicose vein from the body. This can be achieved through two kinds of treatment procedures:
As the name suggests, these procedures cause minimum discomfort to the body, and are the preferred methods of treatment by most reputed vein clinics. They are simple procedures which can be completed in under an hour, and they require very little recovery time – you can get it done during your lunch break and get back to work!
In this kind of treatment, the vein is not ‘physically’ removed from the body. Instead, the diseased vein is sealed off so that blood can no longer flow through it. Once this happens, the blood re-routes automatically, and finds its way back to the heart through other, healthier veins. Since the diseased vein is no longer functional, it shrivels up over time and eventually gets digested by the body’s own enzymes. The entire process takes about a month. Some of the best minimally invasive treatment options are:
- VenaSeal: Medicated glue is injected into the vein to block it up
- Radiofrequency ablation: Vein is sealed off using heat delivered from a radiofrequency catheter
- Endovenous laser ablation: Same as RFA, but uses a laser fiber as heat source.
- ClariVein: Medicated solution is dispersed throughout the vein using a tiny implanted catheter. The solution makes the walls of the vein swell and stick together.
- Varithena: Medicated foam is injected into the vein, which spreads over the vein walls, making them melt and fuse together.
Surgery can physically remove the diseased vein from your body. This is invasive, requires deeper anesthesia and requires a lot more time to recover from. Surgical treatment includes ambulatory phlebectomy (exposing and removing the vein), or vein ligation and stripping (A method that involves tying off the vein to seal it, and thendrawing the diseased vein out of the body). Both procedures require multiple skin incisions and can be quite painful.
While these techniques were quite popular in the past, they have been mostly replaced by minimally invasive treatment, which have been proven equally effective, and are infinitely more comfortable than surgical procedures. Most advanced vein clinics offer only minimally invasive treatment because of its obvious advantages.
Why do I need varicose veins treatment therapy?
Varicose veins aren’t just cosmetic disasters – they can be a sign of a serious vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency. This is a condition where the main veins of your legs, called the saphenous veins, fail to transport blood back to the heart efficiently. As a result, excess blood pools in your leg veins, causing them to expand. Over time, you will develop symptoms such as swollen ankles, tired, aching feet and leg cramps due to the excess fluid buildup in your legs. Treating varicose veins will ensure that blood drains back propery to the heart, and you should not only look better, but also feel great!
What happens if I leave my varicose veins untreated?
Even if don’t have symptoms initially, they can develop rapidly over time, and become worse the longer varicose veins are left untreated. Besides this the excess fluid in the legs can expand and thin out the leg kin, making it vulnerable to injury. Any wound on the leg may take ages to heal, and can turn into long standing ulcers. A direct injury to the varicose vein can also result in profuse bleeding that could require immediate medical attention.
Stagnant blood is always prone to clot, and clots can develop in the diseased veins. If these clots break off, they can travel through the body and block certain vital blood vessels, which can have disastrous health consequences. To avoid all these complications, it is best that you get your varicose veins treated early on.
The Vein Treatment Clinic: Convenient, affordable and high quality treatment for varicose veins
The Vein Treatment Clinic offers contemporary, cutting edge solutions to varicose vein problems. At VTC, we have the following advantages that increase the success rate of our varicose vein treatments:
Exemplary vein specialists: VTC has on board some of the nation’s most acclaimed vein experts. Our vein doctors are board certified, Ivy-league trained physicians who have been handpicked based on merit. Highly skilled at minimally invasive vein treatment, our doctors keep up with the latest treatment methods that have been proven to have high success rates!
State of the art equipment: The advanced equipment at VTC allows our vein experts to diagnose chronic venous insufficiency easily, and offer the most advanced, cutting edge procedures that have proven high success rates.
Compassionate, customized care: At VTC, each person is an individual and not a ‘case’. We will offer customized treatment solutions depending on your comfort levels and your physical health. Our main goal is to ensure that you walk out happy and pain-free!
To learn more about varicose vein treatment solutions, please talk to our vein experts. You can book an appointment online, or call855-386-0195.
Meet our Vein Specialists
Dr. Namrata Khimani
Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.
If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.
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