Varicose veins are an unsightly nuisance that may appear on your legs, thighs, and arms. Aside from being unattractive, they can cause pain, soreness, and tenderness in the affected areas. Luckily, there are several varicose vein treatment options that can have you seeing favorable results. Varicose vein treatment ranges from laser and ultrasonic techniques to the surgical removal of veins. Your vein doctor can help you decide which option is best for you.
What makes each treatment different?
There are three types of varicose vein removal treatments that we will look at here: ambulatory phlebectomy, the VNUS closure procedure , and foam sclerotherapy. They all require only local anesthetic in the affected areas, and each procedure takes about an hour.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This surgical procedure is performed by using tiny incisions to access and remove surface veins with special hooks. The incisions are small, so there is minimal scarring.
- VNUS Closure: A catheter is inserted into the vein using a single small cut near the affected area. It delivers radiofrequency waves that cause the vein to heat and collapse. Over the next few weeks, the vein will fade from view.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: This is the most common varicose vein treatment, and it uses chemical foam delivered by injection to destroy the vein and turn it to scar tissue. Sclerotherapy may use a liquid solution, but foam has been found to be more effective at reaching target areas and thoroughly destroying the vein.
Unless there are any medical reasons for you to not opt for a certain procedure, such as medications you are taking, pregnancy, or other conditions, then your choice of treatment will depend on the severity of your varicose veins. More severe cases will likely not benefit from sclerotherapy, so patients with larger varicose veins should choose surgery or VNUS closure. After any treatment, your vein doctor will encourage walking frequently and reducing strenuous activities.
To talk with a doctor about what treatment is ideal for your varicose veins, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan. Our doctors are certified by the American Board of Phlebology, and we are dedicated to improving your quality of life with minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment. Call (212) 204-6501 or visit our website to learn more.