Do you suffer from varicose veins, but avoid the doctor because you fear varicose vein removal surgery? If so, we have good news: the horror stories about leg vein surgery are now ancient history. These days, you can find a range of effective, minimally invasive vein treatment options that involve little, if any, pain or downtime.
Varicose veins are caused by underlying vein disease, or venous insufficiency. Genetics and lifestyle factors can contribute to its development. You may experience painful and uncomfortable symptoms when tiny, one-way vein valves are placed under strain and begin malfunctioning. This can lead to blood flowing backward or pooling in place. Over time, damaged veins tend to enlarge and become varicose veins. Most commonly, this occurs in the lower extremities (legs, ankles, and feet).
Although some people believe that varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue, this isn’t true. Varicose veins can cause a range of challenging symptoms like leg swelling, heaviness, cramping, itching, and fatigue. For some, symptoms are severe enough to impact their quality of life. When left untreated, venous insufficiency can place you at risk for dangerous health conditions like blood clots and venous ulcers (open, non-healing wounds).
If you are considering a procedure to remove varicose veins, we recommend exploring your full range of treatment options. A vein specialist can evaluate your symptoms and offer personalized treatment recommendations. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about varicose vein removal vs. minimally invasive varicose vein treatment.
Varicose Vein Stripping Surgery: Outdated and Unnecessary
Although once common practice, vein removal surgery, also known as varicose vein surgery or vein stripping, is rarely performed these days. In fact, we never perform varicose vein removal surgery at USA Vein Clinics.
This is because we consider varicose vein removal surgery an archaic and outdated practice. It’s really no wonder that you want to avoid it; recovery from leg vein removal can be quite painful and take up to four weeks. Why go through painful surgery and lengthy recovery when there are much better options available?
Instead, we suggest consulting with one of our leading vein specialists. We offer a range of non-surgical vein treatments that aim to immediately seal off malfunctioning varicose veins and quickly alleviate painful symptoms.
Modern Varicose Vein Treatment Options
At USA Vein Clinics, we perform a range of outpatient, minimally invasive varicose vein treatments. All of our procedures are FDA-approved and take between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are treated.
Immediately following treatment, you can leave our clinic and return to most normal daily activities. Depending on which type of treatment is performed, you may need to wear compression socks for a short amount of time to aid your recovery.
Our vein specialists offer the following state-of-the-art treatments:
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
For more than a decade, Endovenous Laser Therapy has been considered the gold standard of vein treatments. During EVLT, your vein specialist uses live ultrasound guidance to insert a tiny laser fiber into the diseased vein. Laser energy is applied to heat up and close off the malfunctioning vein. Immediately following treatment, blood flow is rerouted to surrounding healthy veins. Over time, the treated vein will be absorbed by your body.
Also known as mechanochemical ablation, ClariVein® is another effective, non-surgical method used to treat venous insufficiency. Using a catheter with a rotating tip at one end, ClariVein® simultaneously uses mechanical and chemical methods to treat your diseased veins. After treatment, you can immediately resume normal daily activities.
Varithena Vein Treatment
Varithena Vein treatment, also known as Varithena foam treatment, is typically used to treat venous problems in the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) and the surrounding region. During the procedure, your doctor uses real-time ultrasound to guide a small needle or catheter into the diseased vein. After an injection of Varithena foam, the affected vein collapses and blood re-establishes flow to surrounding veins.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy is another minimally invasive technique used to close malfunctioning varicose veins and reroute blood flow. During this treatment, live ultrasound is used to locate the diseased vein. Once located, medication is injected that acts as an irritant and causes the vein to close. Similar to our other treatments, little (if any) downtime is required for recovery.
Our newest treatment is the VenaSeal™ closure system. VenaSeal™ involves a small amount of specially-formulated medical adhesive that is delivered to the affected vein through a small catheter. The adhesive is used to seal, or close, the malfunctioning vein. Once sealed off, blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins nearby. Soon after, your symptoms should improve. This treatment does not usually require the use of compression socks during recovery.
Varicose Vein Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment
Minimally invasive vein treatment offers a number of advantages over vein removal surgery. Some of these include:
- Involves little, if any, recovery time
- Can be performed as an outpatient procedure during your lunch hour
- Does not require general or spinal anesthesia
- Stitches are not needed
- You do not need someone to drive you home
- Involves less risk and less pain than vein removal surgery
To learn more about your vein treatment options, we encourage you to visit one of our top experts today.
Vein Treatment at USA Vein Clinics
Now that you know more about modern vein treatment methods, we hope that you are ready to take action and discover relief from your symptoms. After all, there is no need to suffer from varicose vein pain and discomfort any longer.
Our vein specialists are available to help in over 90 clinic locations across the country. For your convenience, we also offer virtual doctor visits. To get started on your path toward recovery, simply schedule an appointment online or call 888.768.3467 today.