Is vein removal in NYC the best option for varicose and spider veins? A top vein doctor offers some insight.
June 12, 2020
Everyone who has varicose veins talks of ‘getting their veins removed’. If you also have vein conditions, you may feel that this is your best course of treatment – after all, it is permanent, because it gets rid of the vein in question. However, this may not be completely true! Read on to learn more.
Vein removal in NYC: Is this the best option offered by vein clinics?
What exactly is vein removal? It is a surgical procedure, and goes by many other names, such as vein stripping, or ambulatory phlebectomy. Most modern vein clinics do not offer this procedure anymore. In this procedure, incisions are made at two ends – the top and bottom of your defective vein. The vein is tied off at one end, literally ‘stripped’ from the underlying tissue, and drawn out through the other end. Does not sound very pleasant, does it? It is not exactly comfortable, and you may need to have general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia for the procedure.
Since you need advanced anesthesia options, you will end up needing a lot of laboratory investigations, and may even require hospital admission. After a surgical vein removal, you also need to plan for a long recovery time – it will be at least two to three weeks before you can return to your normal activities.
What is a better alternative for varicose veins treatment in Manhattan?
To avoid the problems associated with surgical vein removal, vein doctors came up with a solution – minimally invasive vein treatment. This does not need advanced anesthesia – it can be done using a simple numbing injection – so you won’t really need additional laboratory investigations. Minimally invasive procedures can be done in less than an hour, right in the vein clinic. These procedures do not need any recovery time, and you can even go straight to work afterwards!
But what are minimally invasive procedures, exactly? These are procedures in which the vein is treated from within. The vein doctor visualizes the vein underneath the skin using an ultrasound. Under imaging guidance, the vein doctor inserts a flexible tube, called a catheter, into the defective vein. Depending on the exact kind of procedure, the catheter is used to deliver either heat, a medicated solution, or medical grade glue into the vein. All these substances serve one common purpose – they block up the vein from within. Once blood can no longer flow through the vein, the vein shrivels up, and will eventually disappear.
Varicose vein treatment in NYC: What are the best minimally invasive treatment options?
Based on the method used to seal off the veins from within, there are different kinds of minimally invasive procedures. All of them are equally effective; however, some procedures can be more comfortable to undergo than others.
- VenaSeal: This is considered the most painless procedure – it does not even need a numbing injection! Medical grade glue is used to seal the veins, and this results in less swelling and bruising as compared to other methods.
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): This uses heat to seal off veins from within, and is the most commonly used procedure.
- Endovenous laser vein ablation (EVLA): This also uses heat, which comes from a laser source, and not from radiofrequency waves. It is slightly more painful than RFA, because laser energy generated higher temperatures and can be more intense. Both RFA and EVLA need numbing injections.
- ClariVein: This uses a medicated solution called sclerosant to seal the vein. In this technique, the catheter has a rotating head, which helps disperse the sclerosant evenly throughout the vein. It does not need a numbing injection.
What about spider veins? What is the best spider vein treatment in NYC?
Most vein doctors agree – sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment option for spider veins on thighs and legs. Sclerotherapy involves a direct injection of sclerosant into the tiny veins – no image guidance is needed here, as the veins lie just beneath the skin, and can easily be seen and accessed. Some vein doctors prefer laser treatment for spider veins if the veins are located in a delicate area, such as the face.
Vein Treatment Clinic: Offering state of the art minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins.
At the Vein Treatment Clinic in Manhattan, we offer only minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins and spider vein treatment. Our team of vein specialists are unparalleled and include three highly skilled, double board certified physicians:
- Dr. Namrata Khimani: Our clinic founder, she specializes in treating recurrent vein disease. Dr. Khimani is Harvard trained, and is a certified diplomate in vein medicine.
- Dr. Todd Kobrinski: Dr. Kobrinski is our resident cardiovascular care expert, and carefully tailors treatment plans to suit these patients.
- Dr. Juan Montoya: Dr. Montoya is a highly skilled and experienced surgeon who trained at Yale.
Our New York Vein Treatment Center is located in the heart of Midtown, very close to the Grand Central Station. We are also located very close to Bryant Park. If you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our vein experts at VTC, New York, you can call 855-807-4936 or book an appointment online.
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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.
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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