Varicose veins are both uncomfortable and unsightly. They often appear as large, bulging veins that are purple, red or blue. In many cases, they protrude from the skin’s surface, causing embarrassment for the patient. If your varicose veins are severe, you may also experience a variety of symptoms, including tingling, cramping, burning, weakness and more. If left untreated, the skin near a varicose vein may even ulcerate.

Fortunately, effective treatment is available to patients with varicose veins. Below is an overview of some of the varicose vein treatment options your vein doctor may recommend.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

If you have varicose veins located close to the surface of your skin, your vein doctor may recommend ambulatory phlebectomy. This procedure works by removing the abnormal vein from your body entirely. During ambulatory phlebectomy, the vein doctor makes small punctures in the skin next to the affected vein and uses small surgical hooks to pull the vein out in pieces. After the procedure is complete, all associated symptoms will be eliminated.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

For varicose veins located deep within the tissues, endovenous laser treatment may be the best option. This treatment utilizes laser energy in order to force the varicose vein to collapse. During the procedure, your vein doctor will use a thin catheter to administer laser energy directly into the interior of the abnormal vein. This energy will heat the vein and cause it to seal off, directing blood flow to healthier vessels.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both spider veins and some varicose veins. This procedure utilizes a sclerosing solution designed to irritate the walls of the veins and cause them to stick together. Eventually, the vein will fade from view. During the procedure, the vein doctor will use a thin needle to administer the solution. In some cases, ultrasound technology may also be used to help the doctor visualize the vein.

All of these procedures are minimally invasive and can be performed in the comfort of your vein doctor’s office. In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal activities shortly after the procedure is complete, and the overall risk of complications is low. If you are interested in learning more about your varicose vein treatment options, please contact Metro Vein Centers today to make an appointment.