Varicose veins have been around since the beginning of time and we have been trying to find relief and treatment for centuries. Fortunately, treatments have evolved considerably from the early days. One of the very first treatment methods used to treat varicose veins was compression therapy, as well as undergoing surgery to physically remove the swollen vein with a scalpel. Varicose veins would be dissected through a small incision with no aesthetic. This old-age treatment method was terrifying and very painful. Compression therapy is still used today along with new modern technology to eliminate varicose veins.
The old way of thinking was that varicose veins were just a “cosmetic” problem or just a sign of “growing older.” Most general doctors quickly learned that varicose veins are a medical condition that requires a specialist. Many doctors now refer their patients out to vein treatment clinics like The Vein Centre.
The three most common modern types of vein treatment are:
- Endovenous Laser Treatment
- Pulsed Light Therapy
First, sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes the vein to shrink, and then dissolve over a period of weeks. The body will naturally absorb the treated vein.
Second, in endovenous laser treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein through a very small entry point in the skin. Laser light is emitted through the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back through the vein.
Third, pulsed light therapy is primarily used for spider veins, which are varicose capillaries, but are smaller in diameter than regular veins. Pulsed light is used to heat them from the outside and cause them to ablate.
The Vein Centre offers all three of these vein treatments. In all three treatments, the ablated blood vessels are reabsorbed by the body, leaving no trace. You should first expect to see results within a few weeks of the procedure.
The recovery time in all three modern vein treatments is remarkably fast. Many people return to work and their normal activities the same or following day of the procedure.
Modern vein treatments have evolved tremendously since the very first procedures. Today, treatments are now quick, painless, and require no downtime. To learn more about the vein services we offer, give us a call today at 615-271-9013!