In the past, there were no treatments for varicose veins. Before modern science developed comprehensive solutions, folks with bulging and uncomfortable veins just had to get used to them.
However, not so long ago, surgical treatments emerged. Many people embraced surgery because there wasn’t a better option available. They did this despite the fact they would have risk complications and endure pain. In varicose vein surgery, veins are tied off through a cut made in the groin. Then, superficial veins are pulled out of the skin. It’s a fairly invasive, unpleasant process.
That’s why so many people now turn to non-surgical treatments for varicose veins. Here are just a few of the easy, comfortable types of non-surgical vein treatment procedures now readily available.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for small reticular and spider veins. It’s a brief and relatively simple procedure that requires no anaesthetic, in which a detergent is injected from a micro-needle into the vein. This causes the vein wall to collapse, eliciting a response from the immune system. Treatment time is only 30 minutes, and results are often visible within a few weeks. For sclerotherapy, Melbourne‘s best is at Vein Care.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Microsclerotherapy is, fundamentally, the same treatment as sclerotherapy. However, when used in conjunction with ultrasounds, this advanced treatment guides the injection of solution into the specific affected veins. Just like sclerotherapy, the procedure is quick and can yield fantastic results. Multiple treatments may be necessary for the most effective outcome possible.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Treatment (also known as EVLT) is one of the most recent developments in the field of varicose vein treatment. Compared to surgical vein stripping, it’s more effective, less painful, and can be done more quickly.
EVLT involves the use of local anaesthetic. After it has been applied, an ultrasound is used to guide a laser fibre into the abnormal vein. Then, the laser is activated and drawn through the vein. Over a three to five-year period, EVLT is effective around 90% of the time. It’s not recommended for all patients, so it’s a good idea to discuss EVLT with one of our medical professionals before embarking on treatment.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a treatment that involves some light incisions on the skin, but which usually doesn’t even require stitches. Basically, small cuts are made on the skin and the vein is pulled out with hooks. Pain is minimal, and after the procedure, the patient will be able to walk and continue their normal daily activities.
Vein glue is pretty simple – it’s all in the name. Glue is injected into the problem vein under the guidance of an ultrasound. The vein is sealed, heals, and the glue is absorbed into the body.
Enquire About Non-Surgical Treatments
At Vein Care, our team has been helping people toward a life with healthier veins for nearly twenty years. On your first visit, we’ll put together a detailed history, run a clinical examination and asses you with an ultrasound duplex scan. From there, we can discuss the best possible treatment for your vein problems. Contact us online, or call today on 1300 730 100.