Many people have varicose vein problems, and quite a few of them simply deal with the issue. That could be because they don’t want to take the time to seek treatment, but it could also be because they are worried about the pain or risks to having their vascular issue treated. Fortunately, there are many different treatment choices for varicose veins today, and the vast majority of them are far easier and less invasive than past options. With a number of varicose vein treatments to consider, the goal is to get the best one for each patient, in order to reduce risk and get the best possible result from the chosen procedure.
Sclerotherapy is the Gold Standard
For spider veins and smaller varicose veins, sclerotherapy treatment is often the most commonly used procedure. It allows for the use of an injectable solution right into the vein. That solution than causes the vein to collapse and dry up, where it is reabsorbed into the body. It disappears on its own over time, and you don’t have to worry about an incision or the risks that may come from more invasive options for removing or reducing varicose or spider veins. Most doctors choose sclerotherapy for the majority of patients, but it’s not always the right choice.
More Non-Invasive Options
Ultrasound and laser treatments are also used when it comes to varicose and spider veins, because these options also allow for non-invasive choices that can make treatment of vascular problems easier. For patients who have smaller issues with just a couple of veins, these kinds of treatments can be highly successful. Only if you have significant vein problems that need serious treatment and that can’t be handled in other ways should you consider a more invasive option to make sure your vein problems are reduced or eliminated.
In the past, vein surgery or vein stripping was used. There are still patients who require this, but the use of this particular procedure is extremely limited. Overall, the vast majority of patients can use other options. If your doctor wants to perform vein surgery on you for spider or varicose veins, be sure to ask why that’s the procedure you need. There may be other choices to consider, many of which will be more comfortable and will reduce your risk for complications from the procedure.