Varicose veins and spider veins are the result of the lack of the proper flow of blood back to the heart. They are usually in the legs and are seen just below the surface of the skin as swollen and/or twisted bluish, purple veins. They are very unsightly and most people would like to get rid of them, but may be hesitant to have surgery.
In the past, vein stripping was the treatment for problematic veins. This involves actually pulling the vein out of the leg. Fortunately, there are various non-surgical vein removal methods available today. During non-surgical treatment, the vein is safely destroyed and absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
There are several types of non-surgical vein removal treatments. The main advantages are:
• No large surgical incisions
• The procedures have fewer complications, are more effective and have less discomfort during recovery
• Non-invasive treatments are safe
• There is no scar
• Symptom relief is immediate after the procedure
• Patients can return to work or daily activities immediately
Popular Non-Surgical Treatments
Sclerotherapy – This method uses a special solution to affect the inside walls of the vein and cause it to collapse. The blood is forced to go to healthy veins. The body gradually absorbs the vein and it completely disappears. This treatment is recommended for veins that are located close to the surface of the skin.
Laser Ablation – This method uses lasers to remove the defective vein. Laser energy moves along a laser fiber through the vein as heat. This heat damages the vein walls to make it collapse. The vein shrinks and is gradually absorbed by the body.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This treatment involves gently removing the vein through tiny incisions. Just like the other procedures, the blood from the faulty vein then flows into healthier veins.
When Should You Seek Treatment?
Patients can try to treat their veins through exercise, losing weight, elevating their legs when they sit and by wearing compression stockings. If these methods are not successful, you may need non-surgical vein removal. Non-surgical vein removal is recommended if:
• The appearance of your legs causes you distress
• You experience pain or cramps
• Blood clots form frequently
• Sores or ulcers appear on your legs
• Your legs feel hard to the touch
• You develop phlebitis
Non-surgical treatment for veins have a very high success rate and the risk of complications is low. It may take a few weeks for the vein to disappear completely, but you can have smooth legs again, and there is very little risk of the veins returning. At Vein Specialists of Pittsburgh in Oakmont, Dr. Valerie Drnovsek is committed to providing you with the optimal treatment for your condition. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to determine which non-surgical vein removal treatment is the best option for you.