Varicose veins can cause you to suffer with pain, skin ulcers and blood clots. Many varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive and do not require a long recovery period.
Vein specialists can remove or close varicose veins. Closing or removing varicose veins generally does not cause any blood flow problems; the blood redirects itself to other veins. When you visit Arizona Vein Treatment center, one of our vein doctors will evaluate your condition. Your doctor may choose to perform one of the procedures listed below.
On average, side effects of the procedures listed below include swelling, bruising, slight pain and skin discoloration.
Laser surgery – Laser light energy is applied to a varicose vein. This light makes the vein fade. With laser surgery, no injections or cutting is necessary.
Sclerotherapy – A liquid chemical is used to close off varicose veins. The vein doctor injects this chemical into one of the varicose veins. The chemical causes scarring inside the vein, thus causing it to close off and fade. Sclerotherapy is usually used to treat small spider and varicose veins. The procedure is completed in your doctor’s office. It can take several treatments for the vein to close off completely. Sclerotherapy treatments are usually performed 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Microsclerotherapy – A very fine needle is used to inject a tiny amount of liquid chemical into a varicose vein. Just as with sclerotherapy, scarring on the inner lining of the vein closes it off. This procedure is used to treat very small spider and varicose veins.
Endovenous ablation therapy – Radio waves or lasers are used to close off varicose veins. A small incision is made near a varicose vein. A catheter (tiny tube) is inserted into the vein. A device on the tip of the catheter heats up to close the vein off. Patients remain awake throughout this procedure; however, the vein doctor numbs the area around the varicose vein. Most patients return home the day of their procedure.
Endoscopic vein surgery – Your vein specialist makes a small incision near a varicose vein. A tiny camera with a surgical device on the end of it is gently inserted into the vein by way of a thin tube. The surgical device closes the vein. This procedure is only necessary in severe cases of varicose veins, such as those that cause skin ulcers. Following the procedure, patients can usually return to normal activity within several weeks.
Ambulatory phlebectomy – This procedure is performed to remove small varicose veins that are near the surface of the skin. Patients remain awake throughout this procedure; however, the area is numbed to ensure the patient’s comfort. Most patients return home the same day of their procedure.
Vein stripping and ligation – This procedure is performed for severe varicose vein cases. It involves attempting to shut and remove veins via small incisions within the skin. Patients are not awake during this procedure. This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and recovery time lasts between 1 to 4 weeks.