Advancements in medicine have changed the way we receive care. For people suffering from venous reflux disease, surgical options have evolved especially dramatically. Just 15 years ago, varicose vein removal required general anesthesia and open surgery in a hospital. Today, varicose vein removal is usually a simple painless outpatient treatment, oftentimes done between everyday errands. Recovery is shorter than ever and procedures take less than an hour.

If you are fearful of pain during vein removal, talk with your vein care specialist. There are myriad treatment options available to make procedures virtually pain-free. Fear of pain and varicose veins don’t have to hold you back from the life you want to live.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Options

EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) is completed as an outpatient procedure and requires minimal anesthesia. Following local anesthetic to numb the area and protect surrounding tissue, laser energy, introduced into the vein via a catheter, heats the vein causing it to collapse. Post-op discomfort is almost non-existent thanks to ongoing advancements to this procedure

Venefit (radio frequency ablation) closes varicose veins by using radio frequency energy dispersed throughout the saphenous vein by a small catheter equipped with a special electrode. Like EVLA, local anesthesia protects surrounding tissue and prevents pain; recovery is minimal.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy involves removal of the affected vein through several tiny incisions. Local anesthesia is all that is required for this procedure.

Non-Surgical Options

If your varicose veins are smaller, sclerotherapy may be a great solution for you. In sclerotherapy, a micro-needle is used to inject a foam sclerosant, or irritant, into the affected vein, which causes the vein to collapse.A barely noticable needle prick and a faint tingling sensation, followed by a bit of itching, is the extent of the pain.

Following treatment, a more conservative approach calls for compression stockings, daily movement and leg elevation to minimize the effects of swelling, although studies have shown stockings provide minimal benefit. The main activities to avoid following treatment include hot baths, vigorous exercise and weight lifting, which could cause the vein to reopen. We encourage returning to normal activities but postponing the hot baths, workouts with weights and pavement-pounding runs or tennis for couple of weeks. Ask your doctor about when to get back to these types of activities.

There is no need to suffer with chronic leg fatigue, pain or insecurity due to fear or uncertainty about treatment. The vast scope of treatments offers a solution for everyone with plenty of virtually painless options available. Contact a vein doctor or specialist at VeinInnovations to get started today!

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