Are you suffering from varicose veins? This condition is extremely common, especially among seniors and those who are overweight. Varicose veins occur when one-way valves in your veins begin to malfunction, leading to the pooling of blood and a distorted, ropey vein appearance that is usually considered to be unsightly.
You have several removal options for varicose veins: phlebectomy, lasers, and an injection of a chemical solution.
Phlebectomy is a surgical procedure involving vein removal. It is a secondary procedure that is typically employed following another type of therapy and deals with smaller varicose veins.
Your phlebectomy procedure can be performed as an outpatient treatment, meaning you will not require a hospital stay. The procedure can be performed using mild sedatives and local anesthesia. We will make a small incision and remove the problem vein. The procedure lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, and you will be required to wear compression stockings after your treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a proven treatment method for the removal of varicose veins and has been used for many decades for both varicose vein and spider vein removal.
A foam sclerotherapy procedure is an in-office treatment that takes about 40 minutes to complete. We inject a chemical agent into the problem vein. This solution irritates the vein, causing it to collapse. As the vein become scarred, your body eventually absorbs it. The blood that once flowed through the problem vein will be rerouted into surrounding, healthy veins.
Foam sclerotherapy will offer you relief of your symptoms, including the banishing of itching, leg heaviness, and burning. After your foam sclerotherapy procedure, you will need to wear compression hoses for a prescribed amount of time.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is used in the case of larger varicose veins, particularly when symptoms like aches, ulcers, and swelling are present. Veins that are twisted cannot be treated with EVLT.
We give you a local anesthetic and insert a catheter into the vein. A laser probe is then inserted into the catheter, and ultrasound images will help guide the catheter’s placement.
After the laser is activated, it generates heat that is transmitted into the vein walls, causing them to collapse and be absorbed by your body. EVLT is an extremely safe and effective treatment choice for the removal of varicose veins. Patients typically have very good results after only one treatment. The treatment itself typically takes around an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis at our office. Unless you are taking a long car trip or flying, you may resume your normal daily activities immediately after your treatment.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of unwanted veins we here at Ozark Regional Vein Center can help. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!