If you are struggling with varicose veins, you understand that they can affect your life in more than one way. They can cause physical symptoms such as pain, itching, numbness and burning sensations. If you are trying to also live an active life, these symptoms can worsen as the day goes on. By the end of the day, you are glad it is over. In addition to the symptoms, varicose veins can increase the risks of things like deep vein thrombosis, which is the development of blood clots in veins that are located in deeper tissue. Clots in these areas have a much higher risk of travelling to the heart and lungs than clots that are located closer to the surface.
In addition to producing symptoms, varicose veins can have a devastating impact on the appearance as well. The veins usually appear blue when they become visible through the skin. They can also cause bulges in the skin. These two conditions together can do a lot of damage to some people’s self-esteem. Between the appearance and the symptoms, you may find yourself trying to figure out which varicose vein treatment method is right for you. This decision, however, is not one you should make on your own. You should consult our team of professionals for help and advice. We can conduct an examination and review your medical history. From there, an intelligent decision can be made.
Vein stripping is a surgical procedure that is done with the patient under general anesthesia. Due to the invasive nature and required recovery time following the procedure, we prefer not to perform this type of varicose vein treatment, as there are less invasive ways to treat these problematic veins in most cases.
Sclerotherapy, for example, is a method for treating these veins by injecting a special solution into them. The solution will irritate the walls, causing them to stick together and collapse. The blood inside the vein will thicken as a result. What remains after the treatment is scar tissue, which the body will begin to absorb. The solution that is used for sclerotherapy is usually in liquid form. Sometimes, ultrasound is used during the procedure for optimal precision and effectiveness.
Another common varicose vein treatment is called microphlebectomy. This is when the vein is skillfully removed through a tiny puncture with a special hook. This is an outpatient procedure performed in the comfort of our office.
With locations in Tampa, Riverview and Lakeland, the team at Premier Vein Institute can help you find the right varicose vein treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options!