New treatments for varicose veins are emerging, with less invasive techniques providing other options to sclerotherapy.
Endovenous laser ablation
This technique for removing varicose veins takes about an hour, performed under local anaesthetic in an office. This treatment aims to destroy veins from the inside, and the procedure can treat a whole varicose vein of up to 30 inches long via a quarter-inch incision. An infrared laser transmits heat directly to the vein, but leaves nearby tissue intact. Normal activities can be resumed the next day, with just about no bruising or pain medicine needed.
This type of treatment has all the benefits of laser treatments, but uses radiofrequency instead. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the vein, causing it to heat up and collapse. Bruising and pain is minimal, with patients able to get back to normal activities the next day.
Patients with varicose veins can experience leg pain and fatigue, with these large, dilated blood vessels being raised above the skin’s surface due to broken one-way valves that allow blood to return from whence it came. This allows blood to pool.
Sclerotherapy is the traditional treatment for varicose veins and spider veins, whereby a solution is injected into the veins that irritates the vein wall, causing it to collapse. This dissolves veins permanently. This treatment has been used for several decades with excellent success rates, though it doesn’t work for everyone all the time. Your dermatologist can help guide you through your treatment options for your varicose veins.
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