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How Effective Is Varicose Vein Treatment?

September 10, 2020 • • varicose veinsVein Doctor

If you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. By some estimates, as many as 30 million adults in the US are affected by varicose and spider veins. Most common in the legs, varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins that are raised above the skin. They usually have a twisted appearance. While they aren’t life-threatening, they can also sometimes be a sign of underlying issues. The good news is that you do not have to live with this uncomfortable condition. There are more treatment options than ever to remove these veins and eliminate discomfort.

The Effectiveness of Varicose Vein Treatment

There is now a wide range of treatment options for varicose veins. Your vein specialist at our practice will work with you to determine the best treatment to reduce or eliminate the appearance of your varicose veins.

What are the treatment options for varicose veins?

In the past, painful and invasive vein stripping was the only effective treatment for varicose veins. Now, doctors have a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options to reduce or completely eliminate varicose veins. Treatment options include:
  • Ambulatory Microphlebectomy. This treatment, which is preformed under local anesthesia, involves making tiny incisions to remove large, visible veins. There is minimal pain during treatment and recovery, and nearly no down time.
  • Laser Ablation. Our doctors use tiny laser fibers under ultrasound guidance to close varicose veins. The procedure takes under an hour, and patients return home virtually pain-free.
  • Ultrasound Guided Chemical Ablation. This is a treatment that can be used for deeper veins that can’t be reached with laser therapy. A concentrated FDA-approved chemical is injected into the vein and then the vein is sealed off. The vein walls stick to themselves, diverting the blood into healthy vein channels.
  • Sclerotherapy. This is the most common treatment for spider and varicose veins. A solution is injected into the vein to cause the veins to seal shut and turn into scar tissue. The vein should fade within a few weeks.

Is the procedure painful?

There may be some discomfort associated with vein treatment. We use a range of methods, including local anesthesia, to reduce pain and make you as comfortable as possible during and after treatment.

How soon will the symptoms disappear?

Relief of symptoms starts immediately after your procedure. Sealing off the varicose veins allows blood to flow through healthy nearby veins instead, relieving pain and pressure.

How soon will my varicose veins disappear?

After treatment, your varicose veins will gradually diminish and disappear over several weeks. In some cases, multiple treatments are necessary for full relief. View our Before and After images to see the dramatic results accomplished by our state of the art vein treatments.

The Kimmel Institute in South Florida

At the Kimmel Institute, our team has years of experience caring for patients with a range of  vein conditions. Meet our vein physicians in Florida. We serve patients from Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and other parts of South Florida. If you have varicose veins, you don’t have to suffer. We can identify the right treatment for you to eliminate the condition. Schedule an appointment to learn more.

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