Non-Surgical Options for Eliminating Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a common problem that affects more than 40 million men and women in the United States. In the past, the only way to treat those unattractive, uncomfortable veins was to surgically remove them. This procedure was performed under general anesthesia and required an extended recovery time, which deterred some patients from seeking the treatment they needed. Today, non-surgical options have replaced traditional surgery in most cases, allowing individuals to get the necessary treatment without excessive discomfort or a major disruption to their daily life. Check out some of the minimally-invasive procedures currently offered at PCI Veins.
This procedure uses radiofrequency energy, which is delivered directly into the affected vein using a very narrow catheter. The RF energy heats the vein, causing the vein walls to seal together so the vein collapses. The treated vein is eliminated by the body and blood is naturally rerouted through healthy nearby veins.
Endovenous laser therapy, or EVLT, works in a similar fashion to Venefit, only laser energy is used in place of RF energy. This procedure is particularly effective in treating larger varicose veins that will not respond well to other types of treatment. Like Venefit, this procedure is performed right in our office and there is little recovery period afterward.
This injectable treatment continues to be held as the “gold standard” in spider vein treatment today. Injections of a sclerosing agent are administered into the affected veins. The solution irritates the vein walls so they seal together and collapse the vein. Like other treatments, the vein is absorbed by the body over time and blood reroutes to healthy veins in the area.
Vein Gogh is an innovative, non-invasive method for treating networks of spider veins known as telangiectasia. Radiofrequency energy is administered topically using a handheld device. The energy penetrates the surface of the skin causing thermocoagulation the vein below. Vein Gogh can be used on different areas of the body, including the legs, face and abdomen.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes large diseased vein from the leg in small sections. Micro incisions are made along the length of the vein to allow insertion of a small hook that grasps the vein and pulls it out of the leg. The incisions are too small to require sutures and there is almost no scarring after the procedure.
Treating varicose veins is easier today than ever before, thanks to technologies that allow us to eliminate those veins without incisions, anesthesia or downtime. To learn more about your choices in varicose vein treatment, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.