Varicose Vein: 4 Minimally-Invasive Treatments Suitable For You

Varicose veins not only bring restlessness for living -but quite unbearable as well.

If you are living with this condition and having severe symptoms, you don’t need to stress about the long hours of surgery. Luckily, there are advanced medical treatments with minimally invasive methods to treat the veins.

Before you consider any treatment, here is a guide explaining the procedure of 4 minimally invasive vein treatments so you find the suitable for your needs:

1. Endovenous Laser Therapy

Endovenous laser therapy is known to treat the varicose vein by sealing the affected area using advanced technology. During the process, there is no need to use general anesthesia for it. But if your healthcare provider is using it for the treatment, it will add up more comfort for the treatment.

The process starts by making a small incision near the ankle and inserting a thin laser fiber through it. This laser will be activated in a while and start emitting energy to heat the walls of the veins. This process will help with swelling and prevent blood clots in the veins.

Once the treatment is done, the patient can go home the same day and will be able to walk for an hour.

2. Phlebectomy Treatment

This process is known as vein stripping, which removes large and bulging veins through small incisions in the skin. For this process, the patient is given local anesthesia to numb the area of incisions.

Once the areas are numb, the surgeon will make a series of small incisions around the ankle up to the leg. Then, the surgeon inserted a tool called a phlebectomy hook to grasp the vein and pull it out.

After that, the incisions are closed with the stitches or medical adhesive. The patient can leave for home on the same day of the process. However, there is always a need to discuss the complications and benefits of the treatment before signing up for it.

3. Radiofrequency Ablation

Unlike the other procedures, the radiofrequency from the name uses radiofrequency energy to heat up the affected veins. Before this process, the patient is always given local anesthesia to numb the area.

In this process, a catheter is inserted through the ankle, leading to the affected area. This emits radio frequency that collapses the walls and seals them. The catheter is then removed from the incision.

After the treatment, the patient is advised not to do any heavy lifting or exercise. Keep the incision area clean and dry to heal better on time.

4. Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the most considerable treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. The process involves injecting a solution into the affected vein. The solution, sclerosant, causes the vein to scar and close off.

This treatment helps in removing the appearance of veins and reduces the symptoms that bring pain and swelling. But after the procedure there is a long process of wearing compression leggings for almost seven days. It is also advised to prevent heavy exercise after the process for effective results.

 

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