Years ago, one of the only treatments to help treat varicose veins was a procedure called vein stripping. This treatment involves surgically removing the veins from your body and often requires a hospital stay for recovery. Patients typically require some form of anesthetic, so this treatment is only recommended for the most severe cases. For others, a variety of alternative vein treatments in St Louis are available to get rid of your unwanted varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatments
Our first alternative treatment is an advanced procedure called Endovenous Laser Treatment. Ultrasound technology is used to find the damaged structures in the vein. A small catheter and laser fiber are then inserted into the vein. Laser energy is then directed at the vein, causing it to shut and be reabsorbed back into the body. There is no reason to fear of having one of your veins permanently close, as our legs have plenty more to redirect blood flow.
Our second alternative treatment in place of vein stripping is a procedure known as Sclerotherapy. Similar to Endovenous Laser Treatments, Sclerotherapy uses ultrasound technology to identify that cause for the varicose vein. Instead of using laser energy, Sclerotherapy involves a sclerosant solution that is injected into the vein. The lining of the vein will be irritated and eventually seal and disappear. Both treatments involve dissolving the vein inside your body instead of having it surgically removed.
The Benefits of Alternative Vein Treatments in St Louis
These minimally invasive treatments are a great way to avoid any major complications of vein stripping. Both procedures only require local anesthesia so you can remain comfortable and pain-free throughout the entire treatment. Other benefits include a minimal recovery time as compared to vein stripping. Instead of having a hospital stay, you can go home immediately following your procedure. While we recommend you keep things light in regard to physical activity, you should be able to continue on with the rest of your day. Compression sleeves or stockings may be worn to help increase your recovery time and make sure the treated vein is closed quickly.
Treat Your Varicose Veins with These Incredible Treatments
Call the Laser Vein Center today if you believe you are dealing with varicose veins in your legs. Our professional staff will review all possible options for your treatment that may recommend these advanced procedures. Simply call us today and schedule your free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for varicose vein treatment.