Varicose veins are bulged veins that may appear on your legs for a variety of reasons, but mainly due to genetic predispositions. Apart from being a cosmetic nuisance, on occasion varicose veins are known to cause discomfort and pain, as well as leg swelling and itching. In most cases, they aren’t life-threatening, although they could lead to grave complications like Deep Vein Thrombosis.
These veins were once treated using a surgical procedure called “vein stripping”. This procedure was highly invasive, as surgeons would make large incisions on the leg so the surgeon could pull the vein out. Patients would spend the following night in the hospital for recovery and observation and would have to restrain from physical activity for days or even weeks. To make things worse, this procedure often led to complications like allergic reactions, DVT, nerve injury and infections.
Fortunately, varicose vein treatment has come a long way since. The varicose vein removal procedures of today are nothing like the invasive practices of old. In fact, the incisions made in your legs during modern procedures are microscopic, painless and no recovery times are needed.
If you are looking for the best varicose veins treatment in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Vein Institute offers several advanced vein treatments for our patients to choose from. In this article, we list the varicose vein treatments we offer and explain them in more detail.
Sclerotherapy destroys the varicose veins with the help of a solution professionals refer to as sclerosant. It redirects the blood flow to healthier veins by causing the unhealthy one to collapse. Since blood does not flow through the collapsed vein, your body eventually gets rid of it through absorption, causing the bulged vein to disappear for good. This procedure is often used to treat small veins located close to the surface of the skin.
Specialists treat larger veins with a different, yet not too dissimilar procedure called foam sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting the vein with a foam derived from the sclerosant. Since foam can cover larger areas than the liquid, this treatment is very effective in treating large varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Another minimally invasive procedure, Endovenous Laser Therapy involves injecting a laser fiber near the affected vein. The heat emitted by the laser forces the vein to close. As blood is redirected through other veins, the treated vein eventually shrinks and is absorbed by the body. This treatment is particularly effective in treating diseased veins deep in the leg.
Microphlebectomy is similar to the dated “vein stripping” procedure, but the incisions made on the leg are microscopic (hence the name). This procedure does not involve anesthesia, stitching or overnight observation. This procedure is particularly effective in treating medium or large veins near the surface of the skin. This procedure bears great results as the treated veins have a low recurrence rate. To ensure this, our experts often combine Microphlebectomy with an EVLT treatment.
A fairly recent trend in treating varicose veins, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested and approved the use of VenaSeal closure in treating varicose veins. The treatment is most effective in removing superficial varicose veins with developed symptoms like itching or pain. A catheter containing a special adhesive substance is painlessly inserted into the vein. Inside your vein it polymerizes and prevents further blood flow through the affected vein.
If you are looking to get rid of varicose veins quickly and painlessly contact the Beverly Hills Vein Institute to book an appointment. Our expert staff led by Dr. Ivan Brooks will patiently guide you through the pros and cons of each of these treatments and offer the best solution for your varicose vein problem.