Varicose Vein Treatment Options
While many patients associate varicose veins with an unsightly appearance, there are many more underlying symptoms that can affect the quality of life for patients suffering from venous disease. Venous disease can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the legs, ankles and feet and make it difficult for sores to fully heal.
For these patients, seeking treatment can be life-changing. Treatment can improve their mobility, allow for more restful sleep at night, and improve their quality of life by relieving pain and discomfort. A vein specialist will carefully review each patient’s medical history and treatment goals and thoroughly examine each patient to determine the best treatment plan with the fewest risk and greatest potential outcome. Some of the varicose vein treatment options he or she may recommend include:
Varithena is the only foam injectable varicose vein treatment approved by the FDA. The foam is simply injected into the vein, causing the vein to collapse and the body to absorb the remaining vessel walls. Varithena is FDA approved.
Because thermal vein treatment requires numbing and poses risk of damaging tissue, whereas nonthermal vein treatment avoids this issue. ClariVein is a nonthermal vein treatment in which a chemical agent is essentially sprayed inside the vein and assisted by a mechanical rotor causing the vein to shrink and collapse.
During Venaseal, another nonthermal vein treatment option available, a cyanoacrylate polymer is injected into the vein through a catheter. The injection instantly seals off the vein, preventing blood flow and eventually causing the body to absorb the vein. Venaseal is minimally invasive and offers a quick recovery.
Laser Vein Treatment
Highly focused light energy is applied to the vein through laser vein treatment, causing scar tissue to form and seal off the vein. Once the vein is sealed off, it shrinks and is absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
Patients considering varicose vein treatment should seek guidance from a board-certified vascular surgeon regarding the most suitable treatment option in their unique case.