The thought of having surgery, even if minor, can be stressful for a lot of people. This is perfectly normal, and understandable. In the past, the predominant method of fixing varicose veins was vein stripping, which required local anesthetic, surgery, and an overnight stay. However, modern surgery has given us other, non-surgical options for treating varicose veins that are simpler, quicker and have shorter recovery times. Here is a quick overview of non-surgical treatments for varicose and spider veins.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RF)
Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive method of treating varicose veins that uses radio waves to collapse large veins. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area so you will not feel any pain, and with the guidance of ultrasound, a small catheter is inserted into the vein. Thermal energy is applied via radio waves, collapsing the vein. This procedure is performed in our office, and allows you to walk out of the office after it is performed, although you should rest for a few days after treatment.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
This treatment is very similar to Radiofrequency Ablation in that it is minimally invasive, and involves inserting a catheter into the vein. However, this treatment uses a small, accurate laser to collapse the vein instead of radio waves. Like RF, the treatment is quick, and you will be able to walk out of the office after the procedure, although you should rest for a day or two after treatment.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of a special chemical into the veins, which causes them to collapse. This treatment can be used to treat cosmetic spider veins as well as small varicose veins. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a treatment that involves using ultrasound to find and treat varicose veins that are below the surface and not visible to the naked eye. This treatment may involve multiple visits, depending on the severity of the vein issue, but after each treatment you can resume normal activity, including mild exercise.
Every individual’s situation is different, so it’s important to consult with a vein specialist so you can find the treatment that’s right for you. The experienced team at Vein Institute of Connecticut wants to help you find the right solution for your vein issues, so set up a free consultation with us today.