Spider and Varicose Veins Treatment Program: Management & Treatment Menu
What are my treatment options for spider and varicose veins?
- Compression stockings: Elastic stockings that squeeze your veins and prevent excess blood from flowing backward through the valve. Patients wear these daily for several months to see if this alleviates the pain and swelling associated with the varicose veins.
- Sclerotherapy: This procedure involves injecting a chemical irritant into the affected veins, which causes the vein to scar from the inside out. These veins no longer fill with blood and the body will eventually absorb them. This can be quickly performed in the outpatient clinic by either a physician or well-trained nurse.
- Vein stripping: This procedure involves making a small incision in the groin and another below the knee. The diseased varicose vein is tied off and then removed from the leg.
- Microphlebectomy: During this procedure, small varicose veins are removed through very small incisions in the leg, with no stitches necessary. It can be performed under local anesthetic in the outpatient clinic.
- Laser Venous Ablation: During this procedure, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a vein in the leg. A small fiber laser at the tip of the catheter heats the walls of the veins and destroys them, closing off the vein completely. This is performed in an outpatient clinical setting and the patient can resume normal activities the following day.
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