Thanks to impressive advances in the field of vein treatment, there are now a wide range of options for those looking to eliminate varicose and spider veins. At the Vein Institute in Rochester NY, we utilize todays’ most innovative technology and work closely with each patient to help identify the safest and most effective course of action.
Vein Stripping Is A Thing of the Past
One common reason people hesitate to treat their varicose veins is that 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, now offered at The Vein Institute. These are state-of-the-art procedures that usually have our patients back to their normal routines the next day.
Vein Ablation – Radiofrequency Ablation and Venaseal Glue Closure
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Venaseal (Glue Closure) are common outpatient procedures which take approximately 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 and incompetent vein is gently heat-sealed closedor closed using a medical-grade adhesive (glue) from the inside. These are done through an opening in the skin not much larger than needed for a typical IV. It involves minimal discomfort, 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 treated by small injections of medicine in the vein under ultrasound (ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy) or removed through tiny nicks in the skin in a procedure known as microphlebectomy. Performed under local anesthesia, both sclerotherapy and microphlebectomy are typically well tolerated and generally leaves no scars. Recovery is rapid and most patients are able to resume their regular activities fairly soon after the procedure.
Spider Vein Treatment
Cosmetic sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for unwanted and unsightly spider veins, uses a very fine needle to inject a safe medicine into the spider veins as well as the feeder veins that lead to them. This medicine, called a sclerosant, irritates the lining of the veins and closes them. Sclerotherapy has been performed for decades and isvery safe with no downtime after the procedures.
Get the Facts on Treating Varicose Veins in Rochester, NY
To learn more about treating varicose and spider veins in the Rochester area or to schedule an appointment, contact The Vein Institute by phone at 585-467-8346 or email us confidentially through our website’s secured contact page.