If you are tired of those unsightly bulging, twisting varicose veins ruining the smooth appearance of the skin on the backs of your legs, you are not alone. Varicose veins affect 50 to 55 percent of all women and 40 to 45 percent of all men, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which also says that varicose veins affect half of all people over the age of 50. Varicose veins are always unattractive, sometimes uncomfortable and can even lead to complications, such as sores around your ankles. Fortunately, several varicose vein treatment options are available from detroit vein doctors to help you get rid of varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Your varicose vein treatment options depend largely on the cause of your varicose veins and your personal needs.
Detroit vein treatment always begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the veins in your legs. Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless way to examine problem veins beneath the surface of your skin. This advanced technology creates images of veins and blood flow, as well as any plaque or other features of concern inside your blood vessels. Our doctors use the information we gain from duplex ultrasound to determine if you have vein disease and to create a personalized varicose vein treatment plan just for you.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment (EVL or EVLT) uses laser light energy to collapse diseased varicose veins. Your circulatory system reroutes blood through healthy veins. In time, the treated vein dissolves and is absorbed by nearby tissue.
EVLT is minimally invasive outpatient procedure, requires only local anesthesia and takes less than an hour. You can resume normal activity within 24 hours.
Transdermal Laser Treatment
Transdermal laser treatment, also known as pulsed light therapy, effectively treats spider veins. Pulses of light heat spider veins. The treated veins close and are absorbed into the body.
Sclerotherapy uses chemicals, known as sclerosants, to close the vein. Our vein doctors use needles to inject sclerosants into diseased veins. Sclerotherapy is fast, taking only about 10 minutes to perform. Multiple sclerotherapy sessions are sometimes necessary to clear varicose veins completely.
Our vein doctors sometimes use ultrasound to guide injections, in a procedure known as duplex ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Our doctors can also use the ultrasound images to monitor the injected sclerosant.
Ambulatory phlebectomy, sometimes called mini-phlebectomy, treats superficial varicose veins by removing them through tiny incisions in the skin. This outpatient procedure offers excellent cosmetic results with minimal discomfort. Our doctors sometimes perform ambulatory phlebectomy in conjunction with EVLT or other treatments to optimize results.
Vein Surgery (Ligation & Stripping)
Until very recently, varicose vein treatment options were limited to vein surgery known as ligation and stripping, which completely removes veins through incisions in the skin. Vein surgery is an inpatient procedure done only in hospitals, usually requiring one to four weeks of recovery. Minimally invasive procedures, such as EVLT and ambulatory phlebectomy, now largely replace vein surgery as varicose vein treatment.