Therapy may not be essential if you have no symptoms or pain and do not mind the appearance of varicose veins. Most individuals with Upper East Side varicose veins can get enough comfort from home therapies like compression stockings. If your symptoms do not improve quickly, they may need medical treatment to relieve pain or discomfort or to address consequences such as leg ulcers, skin discoloration, or swelling. Furthermore, some patients may seek treatment for aesthetic reasons, such as removing “ugly” varicose veins.
1. Ligation and stripping
Two incisions are created: one near your groin at the top of the desired vein and one farther down the leg, perhaps at the ankle or knee. The top of your vein is tied off and sealed. A thin, flexible wire is put into the vein’s bottom and pushed out, carrying the vein with it. This surgery typically does not necessitate a hospital stay. Ligation and stripping can cause bruising, bleeding, and discomfort. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which occurs when a blood clot develops in the vein of your leg, may appear on exceedingly rare occasions. Most people will start to recover within a few days of surgery, although they may require a few weeks before doing routine tasks or returning to work. Also, you will be expected to wear compression stockings during their healing period.
If the varicose veins are significant, they may need to be surgically eliminated. This is often performed under general anesthesia. Also, you may typically go home the same day. If both legs require surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for one night. Laser treatments are frequently used to seal off smaller and spider veins. The vein is subjected to intense bursts of light, which eventually fade and vanish.
3. Transilluminated powered phlebectomy
Your doctor will insert an endoscopic transilluminator, a special light, through an incision beneath the skin to determine which veins need to be removed. They will then use a suction instrument to cut and extract the target veins through the incision. This operation may require general or local anesthesia. Following the procedure, there may be some bleeding and bruises.
A chemical is injected into tiny and medium-sized varicose veins, scarring and closing them. They should diminish within a few weeks. Also, a vein may require to be injected more than once.
5. Radiofrequency ablation
Using an ultrasound scan, a doctor creates a tiny incision above or below the knee. The doctor then inserts a small tube, known as a catheter, into the vein. Also, the doctor inserts a radiofrequency energy-emitting probe into the catheter. The radiofrequency radiation warms your vein, forcing its walls to collapse and effectively close and seal it shut. Also, this procedure is recommended for bigger varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation is often performed under local anesthesia.
Varicose veins produce very little pain and may be treated at home. Conversely, they can cause pain and necessitate more extensive therapy in some cases. Even if your symptoms are mild, you should see a doctor avoid catastrophic consequences like DVT. Call Upper East Side Cardiology to schedule your consultation today to determine which varicose vein treatments are best for you.