Best Varicose Vein Treatments
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation:
This is arguably the gold-standard of modern vein procedures. It is one of the best Varicose Vein Treatments and is performed only under local as opposed to general anesthesia. Put simply, this means that the patient doesn’t have to be “put under.” This greatly increases patient safety. True downtime is non-existent, and recovery time is minimal.
The central part of RF ablation revolves around a specialized catheter. It is introduced into the vein being treated through a small access incision. In practice, this is usually the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) or Small Saphenous Vein (SSV).
The tipoff the catheter contains a heat-generating element powered by Radiofrequency (RF) waves. This allows precise temperature control. The catheter is quickly heated as it is withdrawn from the vein, causing it to collapse. It is then re-absorbed into the body as if it were never there.
A competing technique sometimes used in place of RF ablation. In this case, the tip of the catheter uses laser energy to produce the necessary heat. Many practitioners prefer RF ablation, regarding it as as safer. This is because the high-energy laser light can produce extremely high spikes in temperature, producing unwanted tissue damage.
This term is best understood by breaking down the root words. “Ambulatory” essentially means “outpatient.” In other words, the patient walks into the clinic and walks out immediately afterwards under their own power. “Micro” means “small scale,” referring to the procedure’s minimally-invasive nature. “Phleb” refers to vein, while “ectomy” is the surgical term for removal.
Thus, a Microphlebectomy is exactly what you might expect. First, small access incisions are made above the vein being removed. Purpose-made surgical tools are then used to extract the problem vein. Minor, temporary bruising over the treated area is typically the only negative effect.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting irritant chemicals (sclerosants) into the afflicted vein, which can be used to cure some varicose and spider veins.
The vein spasms and collapses in on itself as a result of the irritation. The collapsed vein’s walls eventually mend together, and the sealed vein can no longer carry blood.
Leg veins clear slowly following sclerotherapy, and depending on their size, it can take two to six months for them to go completely.
This is aided by the use of a compression stocking on the leg.
Compression is required for small veins for three to six days, whereas larger veins require six weeks.
Compression socks or stockings provide pressure to the lower leg veins.
This pressure can help to enhance blood flow and prevent the development of spider or varicose veins.
By minimizing leg edema, compression stockings may also minimize the risk of blood clots in the legs.
The following are examples of compression stockings:
1. Gradient Compression Stockings
These apply a medium amount of pressure on the foot, ankles, and calves.
They are commonly found in specialty stores and pharmacies. You may also buy a variety of gradient compression stockings and socks online.
2. Support Pantyhose
These merely offer light pressure, yet they are widely available. Support pantyhose are also available to purchase online.
3. Prescribed Compression Stockings
These exert the most force on the feet and legs.
They are only available with a prescription and are available in a variety of sizes and strengths, as well as footless versions.
Some people, such as those with heart failure or other heart problems, should avoid wearing prescription compression stockings.
Although some surgical techniques for larger varicose veins can be beneficial, spider veins are rarely treated with them.
Because spider veins are tiny, they frequently respond well to the less intrusive therapies mentioned above.
Try To Avoid Them With These Tips
- Never stay still or stand up too long. Take pauses.
- Do not cross your legs when you sit.
When sitting, relaxing, or sleeping, raise your legs. When you can, lift them above your heart level.
- Try to lose some weight if you are overweight. Your veins will experience less pressure as a result.
- Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight in the thighs, groin, or waist. Tight clothing may exacerbate varicose veins.
At the Advanced Vein Center, we help choose the correct procedure for your specific problem based on a personal vein map made by Doppler Ultrasound.
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