This minimally-invasive treatment is an ultrasound guided, outpatient procedure performed by an interventional radiologist who heats and seals a diseased vein. Once sealed, healthy veins carry blood from the leg, re-establishing normal flow.
This procedure can also be used to treat some varicose, nearly all spider veins, and is fairly quick. The number of veins injected in one session varies, and generally depends on the size and location of the veins.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs performed in the office under local anesthesia. Recovery is rapid, and most patients do not need to interrupt regular activity after ambulatory phlebectomy.
Vein wave is an FDA approved treatment utilizing thermocoagulation for the reduction and removal of spider veins. It results in minimal to no bruising and there is generally no need for bandages. There are no major side effects, no allergic reactions, and can be used on sensitive areas of the body.
Varicose Vein Risk Factors
Factors include increasing age, obesity (for women), and occupations that require a lot of standing. There is no evidence that social class, smoking or genetic makeup influence the prevalence of varicose veins.
Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart, with pooling of blood in the veins. These varicose veins have several treatment options.