“Okay, children. Today we’re going to talk about how to take care of your veins.” Vein health is not exactly a topic taught in school. Most of us go most of our lives without more than a few tho…Read More
How We Treat Varicose Veins
Treatment Options For Varicose Veins
If you talk to almost anyone who has undergone treatment for varicose veins, the consensus is probably the same: Treating your varicose veins is a relief! No longer do you have to suffer chronic pain and swelling, and you’ll be amazed at the delight of having your legs restored from gnarly to smooth and silky. Even if your varicose veins are severe, we have treatment options that can help. Here are the treatments that are available to you.
The first and oldest treatment option is the management of vein troubles through the use of compression stockings. Many people scoff at this as if it’s not a treatment at all, but the reason why it works is because it provides an outside source of additional structure and stability to fragile, thin-walled leg veins that have gotten stretched beyond their original capacity. Medical technology has not yet made it possible to stabilize vein walls from the inside, but stability can be increased from the outside, encouraging blood to flow through the veins correctly.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that actually makes the vein itself go away. This treatment works by injecting a special liquid into the vein that will cause the vein to be inflamed and collapse, sealing off the channel and causing blood to have to travel a different route back to the heart. The body is equipped to do this, so you don’t have to worry about eliminating vital circulation routes when you close up a vein. Keep in mind that the blood in your veins has already delivered its precious cargo of nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and it is now simply en route back to the heart. Sclerotherapy has been in use since the 1930s as an effective treatment for vein reduction.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation is another treatment that makes a problem vein go away. It uses a tiny device called the VNUS ClosureRFS Stylet, inserts it into your varicose vein, and uses radiofrequency energy to seal the vein closed. This procedure replaces the older technique of vein stripping, which was extremely painful and not permanently successful since veins would re-grow over time. Radiofrequency ablation is minimally invasive and minimally painful. Learn more about this procedure on our Radiofrequency Ablation page.