Historically, the only treatment for vein disease was complicated, painful, and sometimes worse than the disease itself: vein stripping. Vein stripping involves surgery under general anesthesia, extended recovery periods, and potentially dangerous complications which accompany any major surgery. Today, while vein stripping is still in use in some situations, the options are multiple and varied; many do not involve surgery at all, so recovery time is practically instantaneous.
Endovenous Vein Ablation
In endovenous vein ablation laser technology is used instead of surgical instruments, and the vein is sealed off and absorbed naturally into the body. This procedure, which has a 98 percent rate of success and uses a local anesthetic that isn’t any more potent than what a dentist uses when cleaning your teeth, involves an incision that is about the size of your average freckle. An ultrasound guides the tiny laser into position, which then seals the affected vein to allow it to slowly disappear and be absorbed into the body. Endovenous vein ablation is used to treat varicose veins, and the patient can resume normal life activity immediately after it has been performed.
Most effective for the removal of spider veins, vein sclerotherapy is another non-surgical vein disease treatment tool. A tiny needle is used to inject a chemical solution (usually a type of saline solution) directly into the affected vein. The solution works as an irritant, which causes the vein to swell, clot, and eventually scar and fade. For larger spider veins, multiple treatments may be required. Vein sclerotherapy does not treat any underlying conditions, and the veins may return, so the patient should be monitored over time.
Radiofrequency Vein Ablation
In radiofrequency vein ablation, the physician uses an electrical current that is generated by radio frequency waves to seal off the affected vein instead of a laser probe. As with endovenous vein ablation, this procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only over the counter pain killers, and patients can resume normal life activity almost immediately. The use of local anesthesia rids the patient of risks that can accompany general anesthesia, and the lack of scarring is far more preferred over the ugly scars that accompany vein stripping.
St. Louis Laser Vein Center
Vein disease isn’t just unattractive, it can be a sign of something more serious and can have a negative effect on your quality of life. The treatments available today are less invasive, require less recovery time, and can help you regain the confidence you may have lost over the years. Schedule a consultation with the St. Louis Laser Vein Center and be on your way to a better, healthier you!