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3 Ways To Treat Varicose Veins

Varicose veins cause cosmetic issues for people with this condition. They show up as bumpy purple veins on the legs and other areas. This condition is usually not symptomatic. However, people who do have problems may experience heaviness and pain in their legs. Here are three ways to treat varicose veins.

Try Laser Varicose Vein Treatment

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a nonsurgical procedure that uses an ultrasound scan. The veins that require treatment are marked with a pen. Your doctor inserts a needle inside of your vein. A wire is inserted through the needle that goes up your vein. The needle and wire is then replaced with a catheter.

Next, a laser fibre is passed through the catheter and local anesthetic solution is injected around your vein. The laser then shoots radiation through your vein for several minutes. You may taste or smell burning, but should not feel any pain. These steps are also guided by ultrasound scanning.

Foam Sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy is a procedure that improves the appearance of the affected areas. It uses a foam known as sodium tetradecyl sulphate (STD). For this procedure, STD is mixed and made into a foam.

The amount of concentration depends on the size of your veins. Your veins are injected with the foam, which causes an intense spasm inside of them. The solution damages the internal lining and causes blood clotting. Eventually, your body will destroy the vein and it will no longer be visible. This treatment is most suitable for isolated veins in your legs. However, it takes up to eight weeks to see the full effects of the procedure.

Surgery Should Be Your Last Option

Surgery is an option when other treatments are not effective. Laser surgery decreases the size of varicose veins. It does this by using a laser device to shoot a beam of radiation through your vein. The laser closes and shrinks it. It also causes scar tissue to form. The surgical part involves sealing off your vein and causing blood to flow through another vein. The steps to perform the procedure are also guided by ultrasound scanning.

If you are considering treatment, then it is important to explore all of your options. You should also understand the risks and talk to your doctor--like one from Premier Surgical Associates--about any concerns. He or she can help you to develop a treatment plan. It is important to understand that you have options.