Varicose veins can be embarrassing, especially when they become large enough to be seen easily from distance. However, in addition to their unsightly appearance, these veins can also be painful. Fortunately, effective varicose vein treatment is available to eliminate these veins and the uncomfortable symptoms they cause.
Varicose Vein Basics
Varicose veins are abnormal blood vessels that have become enlarged and gnarled. They are often swollen, raised, twisted and easily visible through the skin. Although varicose veins can occur in any part of the body, they are most common on the legs. Symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Skin ulcers near affected veins
The symptoms of varicose veins are often more severe after you have been standing or sitting for an extended period of time.
In some cases, you may be able to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins with various at-home treatments, such as compression stockings and elevation of the affected area. However, if these strategies are not successful, you can explore other treatment options by visiting a vein specialist.
If you have varicose veins, several different treatment options may be available. Some of these options include:
For smaller varicose veins, sclerotherapy is often the best choice. During this procedure, a vascular surgeon will inject a sclerosing solution directly into your varicose veins. This solution causes the veins to collapse and be absorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy sessions are typically ten minutes in length and cause only minimal discomfort.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
For varicose veins of small to moderate size, endovenous laser treatment may be beneficial. EVLT is a procedure that treats varicose veins using ultrasound-guided lasers. The procedure is approximately 45 minutes in length and requires only local anesthesia. EVLT is minimally invasive, and most patients are able to return to normal activity in 24 hours or less.
For larger, bulging varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy is usually the most appropriate treatment. During this procedure, the vascular surgeon removes abnormal veins through small incisions made in the skin. Ambulatory phlebectomy causes little discomfort and is performed on an outpatient basis.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of varicose veins and would like to explore your treatment options, it’s best to consult a vein specialist who can perform a thorough exam, review your medical history and help you develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact Metro Vein Centers today to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.