How To - Fix Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

How To - Fix Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

There are several treatment options for varicose and spider veins..

Radio Frequency Ablation
A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through the skin. The catheter emits radio waves, which heat specific areas of the affected vein, causing it to close. The catheter is withdrawn and the healing process begins. The closed vein is reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted to other veins.

Laser Ablation
This is similar to Radio Frequency Ablation except that the catheter is equipped with a laser, which heats the vein and closes it.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy
This relatively minor surgical procedure is often conducted at the same time as laser or radiofrequency ablations. The technique is performed through tiny stab incisions that usually do not require skin sutures to heal. The bulging vein is extracted through these small incisions.

Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
A medication called a sclerosant is injected into the problem vein. It foams, filling the vein and initiating a reaction that results in vein closure. Blood is then naturally rerouted around the affected area and the vein later is reabsorbed by the body. The physician administering the treatment uses ultrasonongraphy sound waves to guide the procedure for maximum accuracy and safety.

For more details about vein treatments, or to schedule an appointment, see Center for Vein Restoration

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Content written and posted by Ken Abbott