Does it Hurt to Have Varicose Veins Removed?
- Posted on: Jun 30 2018
Do you have varicose veins that cause you embarrassment and physical discomfort? Are you spending yet another summer wearing lightweight pants rather than shorts? There is no reason to suffer another season of aching, throbbing, itching, and self-consciousness. However, if you have the idea that varicose vein treatments hurt, we can understand why you have not contacted us for treatment. Let’s take a look at how varicose veins are treated and what you might expect when you visit The Vein Clinic in Columbia, SC.
Varicose Veins: Is Removal the Right Word?
Often, it is the word “removal” that leads to unnecessary stress about how varicose veins may need to be treated. It’s true that doctors used to perform a procedure referred to as vein stripping. We agree that it sounds unpleasant. Fortunately, this is not the way we approach varicose veins today. Medical technology has advanced so significantly, in fact, that we have multiple avenues to consider depending on the findings of a thorough examination in our office.
Most patients with varicose veins can resolve their concerns with non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment. Options that may be considered include foam sclerotherapy, radiofrequency (ClosureFast), laser, and medical adhesive (VenaSeal). These treatments are virtually painless and allow patients to resume normal activities right away.
While the majority of varicose veins can be treated with simple closure techniques, there are instances in which vein removal may still be necessary. However, this process has also improved since the old vein stripping days.
Historically, vein removal has focused on the source of varicose veins: saphenous vein reflux. This technique proved insufficient for the long-term results that were desired by both doctors and patients. After the turn of the century, micro-techniques came to the forefront of medicine, leading us into an opportunity for better vein removal treatments. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a micro-technique that can be conducted using local anesthetic only. Because the incisions required for treatment are so tiny, no stitches are needed. Work and mild physical activity can usually be resumed within one to two days.
Comfortable Vein Treatments are a Possibility
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