Symptoms include: swelling, itching, fatigue, tenderness, pain, skin discoloration, and leg heaviness.
- Compression Stockings – Can be used for relief of symptoms and minor pain, however compression stockings can not treat varicose veins.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Variation of surgical stripping in which multiple incisions are made to remove the vein in segments. Despite the greater number of incisions, the recovery period is shorter as less damage is done to the leg.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation – This procedure uses a thin laser fiber inserted into the vein to apply heat energy and close the vein. Performed in the office in less than an hour and has virtually no recovery period.
- Ultrasound of the vein
- Application of local anesthetic
- Insertion of a laser fiber through a small access point
- Delivery of laser energy to close the vein
- Removal of the laser fiber and closure with bandage
- Wrapping of the leg for 24 hours
Immediate walking is encouraged to promote healing. Pain is minimal but can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Performed in physician’s office
- Takes less than an hour
- No general anesthesia required
- Little to no pain or bruising
- No recovery period – immediate return to daily activities