The two most common vein removal treatments are endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy. Endovenous laser ablation treats large varicose veins. This form of treatment may also be used for treating small varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy only treats small, not large varicose veins and spider veins.
How are Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy Administered?
During an endovenous ablation procedure, a laser instrument is inserted into the affected vein. The laser fiber is heated slowly with low energy causing the heating up and collapse of the vein. This procedure requires an anesthetic to keep the patient relaxed throughout the treatment.
Sclerotherapy is conducted by injecting a sclerosant (a special chemical) into the affected veins. The sclerosant causes a reaction of the vein wall, resulting in shrinkage before the vein fades away. There are many types of sclerotherapy procedures. Foam sclerotherapy has a sclerosant that is like shaving cream while the other sclerotherapy treatments use a sclerosant that is in liquid form.
Both of these procedures are minimally invasive procedures that do not leave scars. While both procedures are conducted differently, the goal is to eradicate problem veins.
What to Expect During Recovery
The recovery for both procedures is similar. With both procedures, you can resume your normal daily routines after the treatment.
Each procedure may require you to wear compression stockings for recovery and to help blood flow properly. We will give you directions for a safe recovery and schedule a follow-up procedure to check how your treatment is progressing. In most cases, both procedures reach optimal results with only one treatment. However, patients who have undergone foam sclerotherapy may need multiple sessions.
Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy
- Efficient blood circulation
- Significant relief from pain, aches, and heaviness
- Improved body image
- Minimally invasive, easy and quick treatment
How Well do These Treatments Work
Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms and improves the appearance of the skin. Sclerotherapy has been seen to work in 80% of patients who go through the procedure. Endovenous laser ablation has been seen to work in 98% of patients who go through the procedure.
To ensure a successful procedure, you will need to turn to an experienced doctor. At South Texas Vein Institute, we have much experience and success with removing varicose veins and spider veins. We invite you to schedule a consultation so that we may review your goals and decide the appropriate procedure to get you satisfying results. Contact us today for your consultation.