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Symptoms of Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency

  • Aching legs
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Tired legs at the end of the day
  • Throbbing
  • Ankle ulcers
  • Brown discoloration of the ankle/calf

Varicose Vein Treatment

Treatment for Varicose Veins

In the world of Vascular Surgery varicose veins and other venous pathologies have taken a back seat to arterial disease.  Until recently venous disease hasn’t received much press, except in a small circle of academicians.  However, now that minimally invasive techniques have become available, this field has started to take root.

For years leg pain due to venous insufficiency has been endured by many without treatment and yet the diagnosis can currently be made fairly quickly and easily.  An office exam and an ultrasound are usually all that are needed to arrive at the diagnosis.

The diagnosis of the origin of the problem is critical in arriving at the proper treatment.  There are several treatments available depending on the underlying cause.  Simply treating the visible abnormalities and not the root of the cause is sure to lead to a recurrence of the symptoms in short order.

The benefit of modern technology is that most of the treatments now used are based in the office setting.  Gone are the days when a person has to go to the hospital, usually very early in the morning, get blood drawn, have an IV started and then spend the majority of the morning, if not the afternoon, in the hospital.  Most office procedures are performed in 45 minutes or less without the need for IVs or blood draws.  Normal activity is resumed later that day or the next day without the need for prescription pain medicine.

As the popularity of minimally invasive therapies has increased, more has been learned about the different options available.  There are 2 treatment options in the realm of endovascular interventions where a catheter is placed into the vein and energy from the catheter tip is used to close the vein.  The difference between the two options is the type of energy source.  One source is laser and the other is radio frequency.  It seems as though there is less aching, bruising and discomfort with the radiofrequency alternative as noticed in the days following the procedure.  This procedure using radio-frequency is called VNUS Closure.

Other options include making small incisions (a couple of millimeters long) and simply removing the veins as well as sclerotherapy.  Sclerotherapy is the process of injecting a solution through a small needle into the vein to close it.  

Again, the best course of action is to be determined by the underlying pathology and the treatment you and your doctor agree on.  By taking this approach you will be the most satisfied and you will have the least recurrence rate possible.

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