Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments
Do you have painful, itchy, or unsightly varicose veins? Do your legs feel heavy or achy? Are you wondering what your leg vein treatment options are? While varicose and spider veins are common with age, many people don’t realize that they don’t go away on their own. In fact, vein symptoms can worsen over time and increase your risk for developing a blood clot or venous ulcer.
We want you to understand that although these veins are often unattractive, varicose veins are not considered a cosmetic issue. Instead, they are a symptom of vein disease, also called venous insufficiency.
Varicose veins can cause a variety of painful and unpleasant issues, including:
- Heaviness or achiness in the legs
- Leg cramps (especially at night)
- Skin discoloration
The good news is that there are several minimally-invasive treatments that can alleviate your pain discomfort. At USA Vein Clinics, our vein specialists care about your quality of life. We aim to quickly get you back to normal comfort and activity levels.
Vein Treatment Options
In the past, the most common vein treatment method was vein surgery. Vein stripping was often painful and required significant recovery time. However, today there are a number of advanced, proven methods for treating varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein issues. Our top-rated vein specialists use minimally invasive vein treatments to relieve vein disease symptoms.
Here is a closer look at how you can help prevent your varicose veins from getting worse. Plus, learn the benefits and what to expect of non-surgical vein treatments. If you still have questions or are ready to see a doctor, we offer both in-person and telemedicine initial consultations for your convenience.
What’s covered on this page:
- Preventing Veins From Getting Worse
- Benefits of Vein Treatment
- Treatment Options
- During Treatment
- After Treatment
Preventing Veins From Getting Worse
Although you can’t make malfunctioning veins disappear, there are some things you can do to keep them from getting worse. If you are preparing for vein treatment, you might want to give the following a try. These methods can also help prevent varicose veins from developing to begin with.
Here’s what you can do:
- Get active: Regular exercise helps improve circulation and encourages blood flow back to the heart. If you already exercise, consider increasing your activity. If you are sedentary, get started with daily walks.
- Lose weight: Maintaining a healthy weight decreases the risk of developing varicose veins. If you are overweight or obese, a combination of increased physical activity and eating a healthy diet can help. If you need help achieving your weight loss goals, ask your doctor about recommended programs.
- Elevate your legs when possible: Elevating your legs throughout the day reduces the pressure inside your veins, encouraging blood flow back to your heart.
- Avoid crossing your legs: Crossing your legs tends to increase the pressure inside your veins. Consider alternate positions instead.
The Benefits of Vein Treatment
If you’re avoiding vein treatment because you don’t want to have surgery, the good news is there are other options. Our minimally-invasive leg vein treatments serve as effective alternatives to surgical treatments previously used to treat vein disease. Thanks to developments in medical technology, we can provide non-surgical vein treatments to our patients who suffer from symptoms of vein disease. When you receive one of our non-invasive treatments, you can benefit from:
- Convenience: We offer treatment during outpatient appointments, so you are able to go home on the same day. Some of our treatment options take less than 15 minutes and most take less than an hour. That means it is easy to fit vein care into your busy schedule. We perform vein treatments in 90 clinics across 14 states.
- Low Risk: Our treatments present fewer risks than surgery. You can avoid surgical risks such as excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, and an adverse reaction to general anesthesia. We perform our procedures under local anesthesia and you can immediately return to normal activity afterward. You do not even need to take significant time off from work. Our treatments produce little to no scarring.
- Coverage: Our leg vein treatments are usually covered by major health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. We work with insurance providers to maximize benefits. Our insurance specialists assist with determining our patients’ insurance coverage.
Keep in mind that varicose vein symptoms often worsen over time. It may be a good idea to pursue treatment sooner rather than later. Let our team of world-class vein specialists treat your vein disease. You don’t need to live with painful and uncomfortable symptoms any longer.
Vein Treatment Options at USA Vein Clinics
Below are descriptions of the FDA-approved, minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options we offer at USA Vein Clinics.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
EVLT has been used for more than a decade and is considered the Gold Standard for treating symptoms of vein disease. This laser vein treatment involves your doctor inserting a very thin laser fiber into the diseased vein using real-time ultrasound for guidance. Your doctor will then use laser energy to heat and close the malfunctioning vein.
The surrounding healthy veins will take over the normal blood flow immediately. Afterwards, the treated varicose veins will eventually be absorbed by your body. EVLT usually takes just 15 minutes from start to finish, and you should be able to resume your daily activities immediately after your treatment.
ClariVein®, also referred to as mechanochemical ablation, is a technique used in treating venous insufficiency, including varicose or spider veins, without the use of laser energy. It is a catheter-based treatment that simultaneously uses mechanical and chemical methods to treat the damaged area. What makes the ClariVein® treatment unique is the fact that they use a catheter with a rotating tip at one end. After a ClariVein® treatment, patients are able to immediately return to normal activities.
Visual Sclerotherapy Injections
Small veins that are less than 1 millimeter in diameter are usually treated with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a popular leg vein treatment for both spider veins or varicose veins. Your doctor will use an ultrasound to guide a tiny needle into the affected vein and administer a sterile solution. The solution will intentionally irritate the inner lining of the vein and cause it to swell and seal shut.
As with EVLT treatment, the healthy surrounding veins will take over the blood supply and the treated vein will be absorbed by your body. Patients typically wear compression stockings for several days after the treatment, but they are able to return to their normal routine immediately afterward.
Varithena Vein Treatment
Our Varithena treatment is a foam treatment used to treat vein conditions associated with the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) and the surrounding veins.
With this leg vein treatment, your vein specialist uses an ultrasound to guide a small needle or catheter into the vein. This allows the Varithena foam treatment to reach the affected vein. The Varithena foam will cause the vein to collapse and the blood flow will be redirected to other healthy veins.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy utilizes live ultrasound technology to treat varicose veins on legs near the skin’s surface. This procedure is a minimally invasive technique designed to close malfunctioning varicose veins so they can be naturally reabsorbed into the body. During this treatment, an ultrasound is used to locate the diseased vein and injection site. Then, medication is injected into the vein.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy offers patients relief from their symptoms almost immediately and requires no downtime.
What to Expect During Treatment
Are you wondering what to expect when you opt for one of these minimally-invasive vein treatments? At your initial visit with us, your specialist will first do a complete physical. During your physical, your doctor will evaluate any leg veins that may need to be treated, checking for signs of vein disease and any other conditions.
Your specialist will also inquire about your medical history to learn more about your vein issues. They will also ask about other potentially related health issues. When taking your medical history, your doctor will ask you about the status of your current health. You can expected to be asked questions about:
- All medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) you take. This includes pain relievers such as aspirin, naproxen sodium, and ibuprofen as well as blood thinners — all of which can increase your risk of bleeding. The doctor will also want to know about any supplements you’re taking at the time of treatment.
- Recent illnesses you have had, and if you are currently feeling sick.
- Any chronic or existing medical conditions you have, including diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Surgical procedures you’ve had, especially recent ones.
- Whether you have any allergies.
- Whether you’ve previously had treatment for varicose veins, and how successful the results were.
In order to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding, your doctor may ask you to avoid over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, blood thinners, and other medications for some time before any scheduled treatment.
The day of your treatment, you should avoid shaving or putting lotion or moisturizer on your legs. We also recommend that you wear something loose and comfortable to your treatment procedure. Ask your doctor how much time your treatment will take so you know what to expect. Although sedation is unnecessary, some patients prefer to bring along a companion to give them a ride home afterwards.
What Can You Expect After Vein Treatment?
Your doctor will give you specific after-care instructions but, in general, you should avoid showering for the first 24 hours after treatment. You’ll also want to avoid bathing or swimming for several days post-treatment and avoid strenuous exercise until your doctor tells you can resume it. Your doctor may also prescribe compression stockings to wear for several days to several weeks after vein treatment to help reduce swelling and discomfort. This can also help reduce the risk of developing a post-procedure blood clot.
After a procedure, the majority of our patients report:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced swelling
- The ability to stand for longer periods of time
- The ability to walk for greater distances
Schedule a Consultation at One of Our Vein Treatment Centers
If you believe you have a vein condition, you can discuss your symptoms with a specialist. At USA Vein Clinics, your doctor will evaluate your veins during an initial consultation before your leg vein treatment. This first appointment will help you understand your disease and decide on the right treatment.
You can make an appointment online 24/7 with our convenient scheduling form, or check for a location near you with our interactive map. For your convenience and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering telemedicine consultations. We are also following strict precautionary measures to protect the health of our patients during clinic visits.
We look forward to helping you rediscover a life without varicose veins and other symptoms of vein disease!