The presence of varicose and spider veins on your legs is likely to deny you the full excitement of stripping down to a bikini or your favorite pair of shorts to enjoy the sandy beaches on a sunny day. Not only are the veins an eyesore, affecting your aesthetic value, they could also be painful and result in other health worries. To rid yourself of these stubborn veins, your doctor might suggest different treatment options that could either be surgical or non-surgical. Dr. Eugene Tanquilut in Tinley Park and his team of professionals use various non-surgical treatments to help you permanently deal with those stubborn veins.
What are the benefits of opting for non-surgical options?
You will enjoy numerous benefits when your doctor treats your spider veins and varicose veins with a non-surgical procedure. They include:
- There is no sedation.
- No/little recovery time
- There is no discomfort.
- Non-surgical procedures are convenient and have no complications.
What are the standard vein treatment options your doctor is likely to recommend?
There are various non-surgical alternatives your physician could suggest to help treat your vein problems. However, the most common treatments your doctor is likely to recommend include sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation.
This treatment is usually an option if your doctor is dealing with either spider veins and small varicose veins. The professional uses the procedure for cosmetic purposes to relieve painful symptoms like aching and swelling. During the procedure, your doctor will inject a sclerosant into your abnormal veins. If necessary, the physician will also use an ultrasound to guide him through the process.
The sclerosants’ chemicals irritate your veins’ lining which forces the affected vessel walls to swell and stick to each other. The collapsing of the treated blood vessels then forces blood to re-route to the surrounding healthy veins which causes the malfunctioning veins to scar before finally disappearing. While you are likely to experience a cramping sensation, such discomfort will not last for long. Your doctor will also advise you to walk around after the treatment to prevent blood clots from appearing in the treated areas. He or she will also suggest you wear compression stockings for some time to ease the pressure on your legs and prevent other malfunctioning veins from appearing. The number of sessions you require for best results will depend on the veins’ location and size, as well as your overall health.
During endovenous laser ablation, your physician makes a tiny incision near the affected veins and inserts a catheter through which he delivers laser energy to the walls of your veins. As a result, the vein heats, collapses and then seals the abnormal veins permanently, while your nearby healthy veins immediately take on the blood flow of the problematic veins. You should expect to see results with normal blood flow that improve your symptoms shortly following the procedure.
Your doctor is likely to recommend a phlebectomy when he or she is treating medium- or larger-sized problematic veins. To perform this procedure, your doctor will inject local anesthesia into your treatment area for numbing. He or she will then make a small incision near the problematic veins before removing them.
Everyone has specific reasons for eliminating affected veins. Whether for aesthetic or medical purposes, you have vast options in non-surgical treatments. Contact the vein experts at Vascular Specialists for answers to your inquiries on how they can help you clear the stubborn veins.