Twisted and bulging veins seen under the skin on your legs can both be a cosmetic problem and a health issue. Regardless of why you want them removed, there are several minimally invasive treatments that can be used to get rid of the damaged veins for good.
You only need to see a vein specialist and explain what you want to them. They will examine your problem and prescribe the right treatment depending on your objectives and the specific circumstances surrounding your condition.
Below are ways through which vein specialists remove varicose veins to restore your appearance and boost your self-confidence.
Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy involves the injection of saline into the affected vein. Saline is a special fluid that causes the walls of the vein to collapse and be absorbed into the bloodstream. The treatment may be recommended for you if your varicose veins are small to medium in size. In cases where the veins are large but the doctor still thinks sclerotherapy is the suitable method, foam sclerotherapy or in some cases ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is applied.
Phlebectomy – This is sometimes referred to as stripping. It is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon makes small incisions near the affected vein and strips off the entire vein. Phlebectomy has the edge on most treatments on this list in that the vein is removed completely hence eliminating the prospect of reoccurrence.
Thermal ablation – Sometimes done together with phlebectomy, thermal ablation involves heating the damaged vein using radio frequency energy to destroy its wall, shrink it and cause it to close. The vein is then gradually reabsorbed into the bloodstream, in the process becoming less and less visible.
Non-thermal ablation – Varithna and VenaSeal system are two non-thermal varicose vein treatments that have been approved recently by the FDA. The former, which was approved in 2013, uses a potent drug to permanently destroy the damaged vein while the latter – approved in 2015 – uses special glue to close the vein by causing its walls to stick together.
How to prepare for varicose vein treatment
You should report to your vein specialist any medications you're taking or have recently finished taking. Also, if you have allergies to local anesthetic medications or general anesthesia, let your doctor know in advance. You may be advised to stop taking blood thinners, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin for 4-5 days going into the procedure.
On the day of the appointment, wear clothes you're comfortable in and which allow easy access to the area to be treated.
Questions to ask your doctor
You may want to ask the following during consultation:
- Which treatment will be used?
- Who will perform the operation?
- Does the procedure require me to stay overnight?
- How many appointments does the treatment require?
- Does the treatment have downtime?
Get treated for varicose veins today
Even if you're not experiencing any symptoms whatsoever, the unsightly appearance of varicose veins may be enough a reason to consider having them removed. Call us today to schedule an appointment and have your problem seen by a qualified vein specialist in El Paso.