Vein disease is a pervasive problem that affects millions of people across the country and around the world. Fortunately, treatment options are available to people suffering from abnormal veins.
About Vein Disease
Vein disease occurs when the valves in the blood vessels no longer function properly. Two different types of abnormal vessels can develop: spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are smaller, twisting veins that are most common in the hands, chest, face and legs. Varicose veins are larger veins that are gnarled, swollen and may be raised above the skin’s surface. While spider veins don’t typically cause any symptoms, varicose veins may cause pain, comfort, cramping, tingling, restlessness and other uncomfortable symptoms. Left untreated, both spider veins and varicose veins are likely to worsen.
For mild cases of abnormal veins, certain conservative treatment measures may be effective. These measures include wearing compression stockings to reduce inflammation, losing excess weight and reducing the amount of time you spend on your feet.
If conservative treatment options don’t work for you, medical treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins is available. These options include:
Transdermal Laser Treatment
Transdermal laser treatment utilizes laser energy to treat spider veins through the skin. No incisions or needles are required for this procedure
Sclerotherapy can be used to treat either spider veins or varicose veins. It works by introducing a special medication into each vein. The medication irritates the walls of the veins, and they eventually seal off and fade from view. Sclerotherapy may be performed with or without ultrasound guidance.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
For varicose veins, endovenous laser treatment is ideal. During this procedure, a vascular surgeon uses a catheter to deliver laser energy into abnormal veins.
Ambulatory phlebectomy works by surgically removing abnormal veins from the body entirely. This procedure is best for superficial varicose veins.
If you are interested in learning more about your vein disease treatment options, please schedule an appointment with Metro Vein Centers today.