Why You Don’t Need To Be Afraid Of Varicose Vein Treatments
We often hear from new patients that they had put off seeking treatment for years, even though their symptoms of swelling, heaviness, or aching had become unbearable. The most common reason they delayed seeking treatment is because they assumed they’d have to undergo a painful surgery.
Since heredity plays a large role in developing varicose veins, many of these new patients also tell us that they had a parent or grandparent who had terrible varicose veins. Then they mention that their relative underwent an even more terrible vein-stripping surgical procedure to remove the varicose veins. They recall the relative saying the surgery was scary, the pain afterwards was great, and recovery time was long.
Given those horror stories, it’s no wonder they delayed seeking treatment. However, the good news is that the old traditional vein-stripping surgeries are very rarely used to treat varicose veins today.
Treatment of varicose veins today no longer means a painful surgery requiring a hospital stay and a prolonged recovery. Today’s in-office, minimally-invasive procedures are performed typically in under an hour, and require very little to no down time.
There are several advanced treatments available today that make treatment of varicose veins so much easier and quicker. Some procedures utilize laser techniques, while others inject foam into the veins. Here are a few of the most common advanced procedures:
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a safe and effective treatment that uses a tiny optic fiber laser catheter. The laser catheter is inserted into the diseased vein through a small needle and the laser heat closes the diseased vein.
An ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure designed for larger, visibly bulging veins that are typically too twisted for an endovenous catheter to pass through them. An ambulatory phlebectomy removes the diseased vein in sections with a small phlebectomy hook that’s inserted into the diseased vein through a puncture-like incision. The technique does not require the use of scalpel or stitches.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is ideal for “cleaning up” any remaining vein disease in the legs. The foam is very effective in treating the hidden sources of vein disease, and it can effectively treat large areas of veins in the least amount of time. Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a critical part of treatment for most patients with varicose veins to both relieve symptoms from unseen varicose veins and to reduce the recurrence of visible varicose veins.
Varithena is a recently approved foam chemical that’s very effective in treating certain large, twisted varicose veins, such as the saphenous vein in the groin area. Treatment of this vein used to require either vein stripping or ambulatory phlebectomy plus ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy. Because the twisted vein is so difficult to close down it took five or six treatments. In contrast, just two treatments are typically needed with Varithena.
All of these treatments require no sedation, no hospitalization, involve very little to no pain, and are done in under an hour. And if treatment of your varicose veins is considered medically necessary, then the procedures are typically covered by insurance.
Once new patients hear the good news about today’s treatments, they often say, “I wish I hadn’t put treatment off for so long!”
Cindy Arnold was one of those patients. After her treatment she said, “WOW! I thought why did I “put up with” the restless leg symptoms for almost seven years when ONE simple injection could have possibly alleviated my symptoms?!”
You don’t need to put off treatment for painful, swollen, or aching legs any longer. Dr. Douglass and the staff at East Tennessee Vein Clinic are solely dedicated to the treatment of varicose veins, and lead the region in experience and expertise of vein treatments. We treat veins differently than other clinics because of our comprehensive attention to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease. Vein treatment is all we do, every day, all day, since 2001.
Plus, East Tennessee Vein Clinic is offering free screenings for varicose veins through October.