These procedures also relieve anxiety.
One common reason people hesitate to treat their varicose veins is they know someone who has had their veins “stripped.” Vein stripping is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and an extended recovery period.
Vein stripping has been largely replaced by the minimally invasive techniques practiced at The Vein Institute. These are state-of-the-art procedures that usually have our patients back to their normal routines the next day.
Outpatient convenience and recovery.
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) and Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT) are both outpatient procedures that take roughly 45 minutes, use local anesthesia, and are performed using ultrasound imaging guidance. Instead of pulling the vein out, as is done in vein stripping, the affected vein is gently heat-sealed shut from the inside using a fiber. This is done through an opening in the skin not much larger than needed for a typical IV. It involves minimal pain, no scarring, quick recovery and immediate return to most normal routines.
After ablation has treated the source problem, the bulging and dilated varicose veins are then removed through tiny nicks in the skin in a procedure known as microphlebectomy. Performed under local anesthesia, microphlebectomy typically is well tolerated and generally leaves no scars. Recovery is rapid and most patients are able to resume their regular activities after the procedure.
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (USGFS) is a technique for closing refluxing veins and varicosities. Instead of heating the vein closed, a chemical irritant -called a sclerosant-is injected into the vein to close it. USGFS is also useful where the veins are too close to the skin or too numerous for a single laser treatment to be successful.
Getting rid of spiders.
Cosmetic sclerotherapy, a nonsurgical treatment for unwanted spider veins, uses a very fine needle to inject a sclerosant into the spider vein, and feeder veins that lead to spider veins. The sclerosant irritates the lining of the veins and closes them. Sclerotherapy has been performed for decades and is very safe.