Vein Treatment Options
Varicose veins may not require any treatment if you are not experiencing any symptoms and are not bothered by their appearance. If, however, you are experiencing symptoms, or want to improve the cosmetic appearance of your legs, the physicians at The Heart House Vein Center will develop a treatment plan based on your individualized needs. This treatment may include conservative management, sclerotherapy, laser vein treatment or ambulatory phlebectomy.
Conservative Treatment – includes life-style changes such as weight loss, exercise, elevation and use of compression stockings. Compression stockings help in the treatment of varicose veins by squeezing the blood back out of your legs to prevent congestion. These stockings require a physician prescription. To help relieve the discomfort from varicose veins, these stockings must be worn during the day until you are able to elevate your legs at night.
Sclerotherapy – a very successful and the most popular method for eliminating spider veins. In this procedure, a tiny needle is used to inject a medication directly into the vein.
Laser Vein Treatment or Laser Ablation – very successful in treating varicose veins caused by reflux in the saphenous vein. The procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and takes about an hour.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – often used after laser vein treatment to achieve optimal cosmetic results. In this procedure, the skin is numbed with a local anesthetic and the varicose vein is removed through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with a tape strip. In most cases, the individual may resume their normal activities the following day.