Options for Treating Varicose Veins
Though they rarely pose health risks, varicose veins are unsightly and can, in some cases, lead to medical problems ranging from pain and discomfort to superficial phlebitis. Simple steps including elevating the legs, wearing surgical hose and taking anti-inflammatory medications can reduce the symptoms of varicose veins. Moreover, today, several treatment options can eliminate varicose veins safely and effectively.
Sclerotherapy is often used for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and reticular veins. In this procedure, a liquid solution is injected directly into the vein, shrinking and atrophying the vein, which is absorbed by the body over several weeks. Though not a new therapy, advances in the procedure have greatly improved its efficacy and comfort level. Foam sclerotherapy, one such advance, uses a foam rather than liquid solution, allowing for treatment of larger varicose veins.
Vein stripping is a traditional surgical procedure for removal of varicose veins in the leg. In this procedure, the saphenous vein is surgically removed through a pair of small incisions.
Laser ablation is one of the minimally invasive endovenous treatment alternatives to surgical vein stripping. Endovenous procedures can be performed in a doctor’s office and patients can resume normal activities almost immediately after treatment. In the laser ablation procedure, intense pulses of laser light destroy the problem vein. Another therapy, microphlebectomy, involves removing varicose veins in the legs through mini-incisions.
Getting the Best Care for Varicose Veins
The Vein Center in northern New Jersey performs all these and other advanced therapies for varicose veins. Our medical staff is comprised solely of board certified vascular surgeons. Call or email us to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.