Do you want to treat your varicose veins but don’t think you have the time? Think again! Today’s venous insufficiency treatments are quick and painless.
Vein disease patients often postpone seeking treatment because they think it involves invasive surgery and a lengthy recovery period. But long gone are the days of extended hospital stays and scary vein-stripping operations!
Today's venous insufficiency treatments are minimally invasive, performed in a comfortable office setting, and take less than an hour to complete! You can quickly return to your routine with few restrictions.
Can I treat venous insufficiency at home?
Venous insufficiency, a condition that interrupts blood flow back to the heart, is the root cause of varicose veins. Your veins are lined with tiny valves that open and shut to push blood from the leg veins to the heart. When these valves weaken, blood backslides and causes the vein to swell. As a result, you’ll experience pain, cramping, and a feeling of heaviness in your legs. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, about 20 percent of adults are affected by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
CVI is a severe vascular disorder that requires treatment. If CVI is left untreated, its symptoms will only worsen as blood pools in the vein. Complications such as bleeding from a varicose vein, skin ulcers, and blood clots may also develop.
Conservative, at-home treatments such as wearing compression stockings and elevating legs provide temporary symptom relief. But they won’t eliminate varicose veins or cure venous insufficiency. Only medical treatment performed by a board-certified professional can accomplish that.
Seven quick venous insufficiency treatments
Between balancing work and personal life, you may feel hard-pressed to carve out time for treatment, especially if you find the thought of any medical procedure scary! The good news is that modern varicose vein treatments, such as the ones outlined below, are outpatient procedures that typically take at most an hour in an office setting. Only local anesthesia is used during a procedure, meaning that the only discomfort you may feel is a slight pinch or pressure. Any incisions you may need are so tiny that they don’t require stitches.
Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is often used to treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins. A safe, saline-based solution is injected into the diseased vein, scarring the walls and causing the vein to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body.
Laser ablation. Laser heat pulsed through a thin fiber destroys the affected vein.
Radiofrequency ablation. Like laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation involves destroying the vein with heat from radiofrequency waves.
VenaSeal. VenaSeal is a newer treatment for varicose veins. The diseased vein is sealed with a proprietary medical adhesive.
ClariVein. During a ClariVein procedure, a mechanochemical device combines a rotating wire tip and a sclerosing agent. The sclerosing agent destroys the damaged vein when the doctor threads the rotating wire tip through the vein.
Ambulatory phlebectomy. The varicose vein is removed via two tiny incisions.
Varithena. A small amount of microfoam is injected to seal the vein shut.
The venous insufficiency treatments described above will soon get you back on your feet with no more pain, cramping, or swelling. A vein specialist, such as one of the board-certified vascular surgeons at Center for Vein Restoration (CVR), will decide which is best for your specific needs.
After the procedure, you may have to take it easy for a day or two, but generally, you’re free to resume your daily life with few restrictions. Your doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings for some time, as these tightly woven stockings help with healing by promoting blood flow.
With only an hour or less needed for treatment, you can find the time to get the vein care you deserve.
Vein treatment is easily accessible at CVR
Relief from varicose vein symptoms is closer than you think! Center for Vein Restoration has offices across the country, all offering full-service vein care supervised by experienced board-certified vascular surgeons.
Contact one of our many offices today to schedule a consultation or speak to a representative. You may also schedule online at your convenience.