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A doctor works on a patient, using a vein ligation and stripping alternative


Low-Downtime Alternatives to Vein Ligation and Stripping

Varicose veins are an obnoxious problem. No one wants to see their once-smooth skin marked with swollen purple veins snaking up and down the legs. As a result, you may want to schedule a treatment to remove the affected veins altogether.

But vein ligation and stripping, the standard varicose vein treatment, is outdated. It’s a harsh procedure that can leave the patient with a long, painful aftercare process.

At Ozark Regional Vein and Artery Center, we offer an alternative to vein ligation and stripping, one that is relatively painless and results in absolutely zero downtime.

Prioritizing the Patient

At Ozark, our team is sure to prioritize the needs of the patient. We got into this business to help people, so we see you as more than just a name on our appointment sheet. We invest in treatments and procedures that will help you feel better, with as little downtime as necessary.

Once you meet with our team, we’ll discuss your objectives for venous treatment. From there, we’ll complete a short physical, like the ones you may have performed at your annual check-up. We’ll be able to see which of our procedures can address your concerns.

We welcome an open dialogue, so let us know what you’re thinking. We want to make you as comfortable as possible.

The Problem With Vein Ligation and Stripping

Vein ligation and stripping is a treatment that removes problematic varicose veins.

The process begins with anesthesia. Once you’re unconscious, the practitioner will run a wire through your leg, from the groin to the calf or ankle. Once the wire is removed, the entire vein will come out along with it.

This result is not a problem in and of itself—removing varicose veins is the best way to treat them—but the actual method creates issues of its own. The disadvantages of vein ligation and stripping become more apparent as the patient begins the aftercare process.

After the procedure is complete, the practitioners will wrap the leg with bandages. The patient’s leg will remain wrapped for days (perhaps weeks). The healing process is lengthy, and it can also be quite painful. If not properly cleaned, the incisions may become infected. 

We want to keep things simpler for the patient, so we offer a treatment that doesn’t require anesthesia, bandages, or incisions.

Varithena: A Simpler Option

Varithena is a convenient, minimally invasive option for patients who aren’t comfortable with the idea of incisions and lengthy post-care processes.

A doctor uses Varithena, which is an alternative to vein ligation and stripping

The Varithena procedure is administered by way of injections. The needles are so small that no anesthesia is required. After one of our patients comes in for a scheduled Varithena procedure, we’ll sit them down in our treatment room and make the injections. These injections will fill the damaged veins with foam, causing them to collapse.

Once the vein has collapsed, the blood flow will redirect to nearby veins. Then, the body will absorb the dead vein, erasing it completely.

The only thing you’ll need to do after the treatment is wear compression stockings for two weeks. You won’t have to worry about cleaning your wound or elevating your leg. Varithena truly is a low-stress option for varicose vein treatment.

Schedule a Low-Downtime Vein Ligation and Stripping Treatment

We know that clearing your skin of varicose veins can be a high priority, but don’t let that urgency stop you from considering all your options, especially when we offer a safer, less-invasive procedure.

Varithena can offer you the same results with minimal downtime. If you’re interested in scheduling a Varithena procedure—or one of our other effective varicose vein treatments, such as vein ablation—then take a look at our virtual consultation tool. It allows us to begin formulating a custom treatment plan before you even come into our clinic. 

Try our virtual consultation tool!

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