What to Expect During Vein Treatment
Vein disease affects millions of people across the globe each year. It is estimated that around 20% of adult-aged people will have varicose veins at some point in their life. Luckily, this type of vein disease is easily treatable. As well as varicose veins, there are a number of other types of vein disease that also respond well to vein treatment. These include chronic venous insufficiency and spider veins. Although these conditions are not necessarily dangerous, they can cause complications. As well as this, they can be unsightly and cause discomfort. This is why many people suffering from them may choose to undergo treatment.
Even though they are more common in older people than younger, and in women than in men - anyone can develop a vein condition.Common causes include standing for long periods without moving. Because of this, people in professions where this is necessary could be at added risk. They are also common in pregnant women.
There are a few different types of treatments a vein doctor may recommend to sufferers of this type of condition. Depending on the patient, and what type of condition they have, either laser vein treatment, sclerotherapy, or radiofrequency vein treatment may be advised.
How to Prepare for Your Vein Treatment
Although minimally invasive, vein treatment is still a medical procedure. As such there are certain steps you will need to go through before you can receive it. First, you will need to have a consultation with a vein doctor, who will be able to tell you what type of treatment you qualify for and which might be the best option. If you have underlying conditions or are taking any medication, you will need to let your doctor know, as this may affect the type of treatment you can have.
On the day of your appointment, you should arrange for someone to drive you to and from the treatment center, and wear loose-fitting clothing, as some treatments can cause slight tenderness in the legs. You will not be able to eat or drink anything for 8 hours before your treatment. None of these treatment types require a hospital stay. All can be fully completed within the space of one hour and the recovery time is minimal.
What to Expect During Vein Treatment
The three treatments mentioned above are similar in nature. Each is minimally invasive and easy to perform. However, there are some differences in the instances in which they may be prescribed and what exactly they involve.
Laser vein treatment is a quick and relatively painless procedure. In most cases, the entire treatment takes under one hour, and the recovery time can be as little as 24 hours. Although some patients may experience some discomfort during and immediately after the treatment itself, for the most part, there are minimal levels of pain involved, and the treatment requires local anesthetic only.
Laser vein treatment predominantly treats varicose veins, as well as their underlying cause. It is generally used to treat larger veins on the leg. During the procedure, an ultrasound device checks the veins. This allows the specialist performing the procedure to see the veins more clearly. The specialist performing the treatment will make a small incision in the leg and insert a catheter into the vein. A tiny optic fiber is placed into the catheter and this heats the vein until it shrinks and closes.
Radiofrequency vein treatment is another minimally invasive option for varicose veins and spider veins. Like laser vein treatment, it is also used to treat larger veins on the leg. It only requires a local anesthetic, can be completed in less than an hour. Some short-term numbness or hypersensitivity are possible side effects, but other than that, the recovery time is normally only a few hours.
In radiofrequency vein treatment, which is also performed under the guidance of an ultrasound device, a catheter is inserted into the leg through a small incision. Radio waves are emitted through the catheter which will heat and shrink the varicose veins, eventually causing them to close completely.
Once the catheter is removed, the healing process will begin immediately.
Sclerotherapy is generally used to treat smaller vein issues in the legs. It is normally an extremely fast procedure, often taking no more than ten minutes, although multiple sessions may be required for it to be completely effective. During the treatment, a specialist injects a solution into the problem veins in the leg. This causes the veins to shrink and reabsorb into the leg. An ultrasound device maps the veins on to a computer screen so that the solution can be monitored as it moves through the leg. Some patients may experience very mild levels of discomfort, however, the pain is so minimal that usually anesthesia is not required for the procedure.
Similar to Sclerotherapy, Varithena is a microfoam medicated foam injected into the leg veins. The doctor injects foam through a tiny catheter, and the foam fills up and treats the affected areas of the vein. Varithena is commonly used to treat the largest veins in the leg. It requires local anesthesia, and the procedure is typically completed in under an hour. Most patients resume normal activities within 24 hours.
Your Next Steps to Varicose Vein Free Legs
If you feel that you could benefit from vein treatment, and one of the above procedures may be right for you, the first step is to speak with a vein specialist and see if you could be a good candidate. With treatment centers across the country and highly skilled and trained specialists in each location, Metro Vein Centers has years of experience in the treatment and care of those suffering from vein disease.
Get in touch today to see how we can help you to live a life free of unsightly, painful veins.