What is the latest treatment for varicose veins?
Varicose veins, those swollen, twisted veins that appear just below the skin’s surface, are unsightly and can be uncomfortable and even debilitating. Previously, treatment for varicose veins was limited to surgery, which can be costly and inconvenient. Luckily, advances in medical technology have brought about a variety of alternative, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation & Radiofrequency Ablation
The latest treatment option is endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). EVLA uses laser energy to seal the faulty vein and is typically performed in less than an hour. There is no scarring, and typically no anesthesia is required. The procedure is relatively simple and painless, although some patients do experience minor discomfort during the procedure.
EVLA is a major step forward in treating varicose veins compared to traditional treatments. There is no major scarring, only minimal bruising and swelling, and most patients can return to daily activities within a day. You may wear compression stockings for a few days to improve circulation and promote healing.
Another new option for varicose veins is radiofrequency ablation. This treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat and closes off the affected veins. Radiofrequency ablation is similar to endovenous laser ablation in that it is minimally invasive and can be done in an outpatient setting. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete, and recovery time is minimal, allowing patients to return to their daily activities quickly.
The Benefits of EVLA and RFA:
- Results can be seen almost immediately
- Easier and quicker than other treatments
- Virtually painless
- Minimal risk of complications
- No downtime
EVLA and RFA have been used by doctors for over a decade and are currently the go-to treatment for varicose veins. They may not suit everyone, so you must speak to vein doctors to explore your minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options. Long Island Vein Centers is led by some of the country’s leading board-certified vein doctors who diagnose and treat the root cause of your vein problems to improve your overall health.
You can find our vein doctors in West Islip, Jericho, and the Hampton Bays. Our vein center in the Hamptons is at 225 W Montauk Highway, Suite 3. We also have a vein center in the Port Jefferson Area, across the street from Mather Hospital. Please schedule an appointment at your nearest vein center in Long Island.
How can I get rid of varicose veins permanently?
Varicose veins can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable issue. Not only are they visible on the skin’s surface, but they can be accompanied by other symptoms of pain, throbbing, and even itchiness. Furthermore, varicose veins are often symptomatic of chronic venous insufficiency, a dangerous medical condition that must be treated promptly. Fortunately, several natural and medical options exist to permanently remove varicose veins.
In terms of natural methods, you’ll want to practice good lifestyle habits. This means avoiding sitting and standing for extended periods, sticking to a healthy diet low in sodium, and exercising regularly to improve your circulation and keep your veins strong. Additionally, you must wear compression stockings to keep the blood from pooling in your veins. Lifestyle changes can alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins and improve symptoms, but they can’t treat underlying chronic venous insufficiency.
In addition to lifestyle changes, you must consult your vein doctor to explore medical options. Your vein doctor will examine your leg veins and administer duplex ultrasound scans to visualize the blood flow in your leg veins and determine if you have vein disease. Depending on the diagnosis, the vein doctor may recommend sclerotherapy, where a chemical is injected directly into the varicose vein to close it off. You may also need endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, venaseal, and other procedures that destroy the diseased vein.
If you have varicose veins, you must talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that works for you.
How can I stop varicose veins from getting worse?
Varicose veins commonly cause spidery and purple veins on the legs. They can be very uncomfortable and sometimes lead to more serious health conditions. The good news is that there are several ways you can reduce the risk of your varicose veins getting worse.
If you already suffer from varicose veins, some lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms and prevent them from worsening. The first step to take is to get regular exercise. Exercise can help your veins pump blood more efficiently and help you lose weight, which will take pressure off the veins. If you are overweight and have varicose veins, it’s important to shed a few pounds to reduce the extra strain on your veins.
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, as this can keep your veins healthy. Compression stockings can also reduce pain and discomfort by applying pressure on the veins to keep them functioning properly. Avoid crossing your legs when sitting, as this can restrict the blood flow in your veins. Try to sit with your feet up whenever you can and wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing.
Finally, get regular check-ups from your doctor if you’re worried about your varicose veins getting worse. Early diagnosis can help to reduce the risk of complications and ensure you get the best treatment. Your vein doctor will carefully examine your leg veins and curate a personalized treatment plan consisting of minimally invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, venaseal, and ambulatory phlebectomy.