If you don’t like your varicose veins, there’s good news. You don’t have to live with them. In fact, the number of vein treatment options available today mean that you are very likely to find one that is appropriate for your specific case. Before you schedule a treatment, learn as much as you can about the different options available, so that you can make an informed decision.
Making Sense of Your Vein Treatment Options
Lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, losing weight and wearing compression stockings, won’t exactly cure or eliminate your varicose veins. But making these changes is often the first step towards getting treatment. That’s because, according to the Mayo Clinic, making changes to your habits and lifestyle can help keep the veins from getting worse. Talk to your vein doctor to learn more about the benefits of losing weight, if needed or to learn more about choosing the right type of compression stockings for your legs.
Not all problem veins are created equally. Some are what’s known as spider veins. They’re small, blue or red veins that create what look little spider webs just beneath the surface of your skin. Although these veins are small, you might not be happy with their appearance.
Usually, the best treatment option for spider veins is a procedure known as sclerotherapy. It involves injecting the problem veins with a special solution that causes them to collapse fade from view. Treatment is usually quick, but you might need more than one to get the best results.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
While spider veins are usually near the surface, some varicose veins can be located deeper in the skin. These can be difficult to treat with standard sclerotherapy, so a vein doctor is likely to use a treatment known as endovenous laser, as well as ultrasound imaging to help find the problem veins. The ultrasound also allows the doctor to see if there are any issues with blood flow that could cause more problems later on.
Endovenous laser treatment takes less than one hour to perform and has very limited downtime. You’ll be back on your feet and back to your normal activities the next day.
If your varicose veins bulge or protrude from your legs, your best treatment option might be ambulatory phlebectomy. A minimally invasive surgical treatment, it involves making a small incision near the vein, then using a small hook to physically remove the problem vein from your leg. The treatment has a short recovery period and usually doesn’t cause much pain or discomfort. Depending on your specific case, your vein surgeon may combine ambulatory phlebectomy with another vein treatment option.
To learn more about your vein treatment options in Florida, call (844) 202-0877 to schedule an appointment at United Vein Centers today.