Veins that pop and bulge out from the surface of the skin are called varicose veins. They most often occur in the legs and even the feet but can show up in almost any other region of the body. Some people with varicose veins may experience little to no symptoms, but others might undergo significant amounts of discomfort and pain.
If you’re someone who experiences discomfort or pain from your varicose veins, you’re probably expecting that a specialist will tell you that you have to undergo some big surgery to treat your veins. You’re in luck. Most varicose veins can be treated through minimally invasive procedures. These minor procedures can be done in a specialist’s clinic fairly quickly, and you can walk out the same day and return to daily activity. Surprising, we know!
Here’s what else you need to know about preparing for varicose vein treatment.
How to prepare for vein procedure and treatment
No matter the treatment method for your varicose veins, there are some basic things you should know about before going into a procedure. These general pieces of information are intended to make the procedure easier for both you and your doctor.
- Wear your compression stockings — When you go through a consultation with your doctor, they’ll likely prescribe compression stockings to you. They’re meant to be tight. A good tip is to break them in like you would a new pair of shoes so that they can become more comfortable for you over time. You’ll also likely be asked to bring them with you to wear after your procedure. The socks are designed to promote better blood flow and circulation, so it’s imperative that you wear them whenever you can.
- Bring something to keep you occupied — During the procedure, you’ll be provided with a localized anesthetic, but you won’t be put under. These procedures are relatively painless; however, you should still think about bringing something to keep you busy for the duration of the procedure. This could include headphones to listen to music or an audiobook, or maybe even a Sudoku book. The procedure will pass by faster and a little easier for you if you bring something to occupy your time.
Types of treatment options
Most varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive thanks to modern technology. The types of procedures that are used to treat varicose veins can generally depend on the size and the location of the veins. Nonetheless, the treatments are similar.
- Endovenous laser ablation — Endovenous laser ablation is a treatment for veins where a laser is used to close the vein and cause it to eventually disappear.
- Microphlebectomy — Microphlebectomy is a treatment for veins where tiny incisions are made along the length of the vein and a small hook is used to extract the vein through the incisions.
- Radiofrequency ablation — Radiofrequency ablation involves the use of radiofrequency signals to treat the symptoms of venous insufficiency.
- Sclerotherapy — Sclerotherapy is a treatment where a type of medication is injected into the veins to seal off the unhealthy or damaged vein.
- Varithena procedure — Varithena is a varicose vein treatment where medical-grade foam is injected into the veins to seal off the unhealthy or damaged vein.
- VenaSeal — VenaSeal is a type of procedure that is used to eliminate varicose veins by closing off damaged veins with medical-grade glue.
Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your varicose veins
You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.
Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:
- Reduce your symptoms.
- Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.
- Increase your overall quality of life.
Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment.