A New Era of Vein Treatment
- Posted on: Oct 30 2018
For quite a long time, problematic veins were treated surgically. Many folks over the age of 60 may still have the perception that vein stripping is still the norm. It’s not – thankfully. Just the name of the procedure sounds awful, doesn’t it? Here at The Vein Clinic in Columbia, SC, patients have numerous choices of how we might treat varicose veins and other venous insufficiencies.
We are proud to offer a variety of treatment options, most of them classified as non-surgical. This is significant because it means no anesthesia, no hospital stay, not even a designated driver. Patients treated in this new era of vein treatment can drive themselves home after their procedure and may be back to much of their normal routine the day after.
Some of the ways we help patients eliminate varicose veins include:
What is VenaSeal™
VenaSeal is as it sounds, is a treatment that seals veins shut so blood can be redirected elsewhere. This substance is like “super glue” for the body. It doesn’t just treat sealed veins, it also helps to repair skin cells. In the treatment of varicose veins, the VenaSeal medical adhesive is injected into the vein or veins, which makes the walls of the vein sticky enough to close up.
As the field of vascular surgery has advanced, science has developed more and more ways to incorporate technology into the clinical setting. ClosureFast is an example of this. An innovative non-surgical, non-chemical treatment for varicose veins, ClosureFast employs thermal energy in the form of radiofrequency. In this treatment process, the surgeon inserts a tiny radiofrequency into the vein of the patient. This fiber emits controlled radiofrequency energy, which converts to heat within the vein. Thermal energy creates tiny injuries to the vein walls, which causes them to close. The procedure is very well tolerated by patients and has minimal post-treatment discomfort.
The new methods of treating varicose veins are a far cry from the vein stripping that used to be the norm. Our in-office procedures require less than an hour (often less than thirty minutes) to perform, and are up to 99% effective with minimal downtime if any.
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