What’s New in Varicose Vein Treatments and What Are My Options?

Technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and with it, a better and faster way in treating health concerns. One of these health concerns is varicose veins treatments, which used to be more invasive. The treatment would entail a lot of down-time during recovery, and a not so simple procedure with possible side effects. That’s enough to put anyone off seeking treatment, but now, procedures for your varicose veins can be simple, minimal and have you back to work in no time. Looking for a vein clinic near you? United Vein Center in West Palm Beach may be able to help!


The Past Treatment

Treating varicose veins twenty years ago was a big deal, requiring surgery. Doctors would actually cut into the legs, “stripping” as it was called, to remove the damaged veins. The surgery would be successful, but it would also leave the patient in pain, requiring more down-time for their legs to heal, and patients would experience a lot of swelling and bruising of their legs. 


What Has Changed in Varicose Vein Treatment?

Today, there are many different ways in treating varicose veins, all minimally invasive with little to no down time, making it easier to jump back into work and regular day-to-day activities. There are laser treatments available, which works by inserting fiber optic into the diseased vein. The laser light of the fiber optic will heat the diseased area, causing the vein to collapse.


Radiofrequency ablation is similar to laser treatments, but works with a small catheter instead of fiber optics. The small catheter is placed inside the damaged vein, and uses heat to collapse and close the vein, redirecting the blood flow to healthy veins, eventually reabsorbing the unhealthy veins. 


Sclerotherapy is most often used in treating spider veins, but can also be used to treat more ropey, bulging varicosities. Visually-directed sclerotherapy can help treat spider veins, while ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy treats the ropey varicosities. Sclerotherapy is performed through a series of microinjections, which ultimately closes off the diseased veins. The veins will shrink over time and your body will then start redirecting that blood flow to your healthy veins, eventually absorbing the unhealthy veins that were initially closed off.


Phlebectomy also treats bulging varicose veins close to the skin’s surface by using a series of tiny punctures. In receiving these tiny punctures, the varicose veins are removed and usually don’t require any stitches. Phlebectomy is usually used alongside laser treatments or radiofrequency ablation. A doctor may suggest the use of VenaSeal, which is a small catheter that’s placed in the damaged vein. Through this catheter, a small piece of medical adhesive is placed into the vein, applying pressure which will alert the body to redirect to healthy veins. 


Which Treatment is Right for You?

You may not have realized how far varicose vein treatment has come, and how many different procedures are available to you. United Vein Centers in West Palm Beach can help you decipher which vein treatment is best for your needs. With cutting edge technology, our in-office procedures can be done quickly, giving you the chance to get back on your feet fast. With locations all throughout the US, there’s a vein clinic near you ready to assist.


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