Varicose veins not only cause physical symptoms, but they can also affect your body image and self-esteem. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue suffering with varicose veins if you don’t want to.
About Varicose Veins
Varicose veins most often occur when the valves in the veins no longer function like they should, causing blood to flow backward and/or pool in the veins. Although varicose veins may occur in other locations as well, they are most common in the legs. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins may also cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including burning, tingling, pain, cramps, weakness and more.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Some cases of varicose veins will respond to conservative treatments, such as compression stockings and elevation of the affected limb. However, in many cases, medical treatment will be required in order to alleviate the symptoms completely. Medical treatments for varicose veins include:
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is a procedure that can be used on both spider veins and varicose veins. It involves treating the vein with a special solution designed to irritate its walls and force them to stick together.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – Endovenous laser treatment causes varicose veins to seal off and disappear by introducing laser energy into the vein. Lasers are guided into the affected veins with the use of ultrasound imaging.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Ambulatory phlebectomy procedures are highly effective for varicose veins that are located close to the surface of the skin. This treatment works by removing the vein from the body completely through small incisions in nearby skin.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
Choosing the best varicose vein treatment option is often a matter of considering the specifics of your condition, as well as your treatment goals. For example, while smaller varicose veins respond well to sclerotherapy, larger veins may respond better to endovenous laser treatment. Likewise, if you want an immediate relief from symptoms and you don’t mind a slightly more invasive procedure, ambulatory phlebectomy may be the best choice.
Making an Appointment
The best way to find out which of these varicose vein treatments is right for you is to make an appointment with a qualified vein doctor. If you are suffering from varicose veins, please call Metro Vein Centers today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians.