In decades past, surgery was the only treatment for varicose veins. Today, medical technology has advanced to give you several non-surgical treatment options to get rid of uncomfortable varicose veins. These treatments can be performed in the comfort of our office, and you can attend most all of your usual daily activities right after the treatment.
If your varicose veins are not showing beneath the skin, but you have symptoms and tests to show that you have venous insufficiency in one or more veins, we may recommend compression stockings, exercise and some lifestyle changes. Compression stockings gently put pressure on your leg, supporting the veins and muscles to push the blood back up the leg to the heart. Our vein specialist will make sure to give you complete instructions on how to use the stockings and other activities to help your diseased veins from becoming worse.
If conservative treatment doesn’t provide enough relief, we may recommend sclerotherapy. This treatment involves injecting a special solution into the affected vein. It irritates the vein wall and coagulates the blood so the vein becomes useless and collapses. It is an effective treatment for varicose veins. After the vein collapses, the blood flows through one of the other healthy veins, and the surrounding tissue gradually absorbs the destroyed vein so that it disappears.
Laser and Radiofrequency Therapies
Laser and radiofrequency treatments use heat to destroy the affected vein in a similar way to sclerotherapy. A catheter may be first inserted into the vein that carries the laser or radiofrequency fiber the length of the diseased vein. When the laser is turned on, the light is absorbed as heat to destroy the vein. When the radiofrequency is turned on, electricity destroys the vein.
Learn More About Your Options
Varicose veins may not be a major health hazard at first, but they can develop into serious conditions such as blood clots and ulcers that don’t heal if they are not treated. For an evaluation of your varicose veins, make an appointment at South Texas Vein Institute. We would be more than happy to assess your case and explain your treatment options. Contact us today to book a consultation at our office in Edinburg, TX.