Best techniques for Varicose Vein Removal
Written by Jessica Smith
The best technique for varicose vein removal depends on a number of factors. There is no one method that is right for every person and in every case.
To determine what the best removal method will be in a particular case,
a patient typically needs to visit a doctor for a medical exam, medical
history and consultation. The doctor can then assess which removal
method is likely to be the safest and most effective, taking into
account any underlying medical conditions.
Often, people opt for varicose vein removal because the veins in their
legs are causing them to experience pain and swelling. Sometimes blood
clots appear near the surface of the leg, and bleeding may also occur.
In some cases, varicose veins cause the patients' legs to feel heavy
and achy, and patients may become very self-conscious about showing
their bare legs. They may decide to pursue treatment for any
combination of these reasons.
There are many methods used to treat and remove varicose veins. Some
patients will opt for conservative methods of treating varicose veins.
This can include wearing compression stockings and using herbal
remedies to help treat the condition. Corrective treatment options
include thermal ablation laser treatment and surgery. Chemical ablation
and sclerotherapy also fall under this heading.
Laser light therapy is one of the commonly used methods of varicose
vein removal. With this method, a medical practitioner identifies veins
that should be treated, starting with the largest veins first. Then,
each vein is exposed to high-intensity laser light. The blood vessels
in turn absorb the light energy, causing the blood inside to coagulate
and ultimately close each treated vein. This method is said to produce
only a mild burning sensation.
Injection sclerotherapy starts with the cleansing of the area to be
treated, after which a medical professional stretches the skin around
the veins, keeping it taught. He then injects a sclerosing agent, a
chemical irritant, into the affected veins; each vein receives an
injection. This causes the treated veins to seal themselves and
collapse. This method of varicose vein removal is said to cause only a
small amount of discomfort--just the feel of the needle pricking the
skin, so anesthesia is considered unnecessary.
Sometimes outpatient surgery turns out to be the best method of
varicose vein removal for some patients. Some of the surgical method
used to treat varicose veins include tying the veins shut, which is
referred to as ligation, stripping the veins from the leg using a
special piece of surgical equipment, and using very small incisions to
remove veins. Local, general, or spinal anesthesia is typically used
for this type of varicose vein removal.