What are the treatment options for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins in the past have been treated with surgery to "strip or pull out" the vein. This usually requires hospitalization and general anesthesia for the procedure. Individual bulging vein clusters can also be pulled out through small incisions under local anesthesia, unlike vein stripping. With the introduction of ultrasound in the office, the veins that where stripped can now be closed with a small catheter under local anesthesia. The benefit is that it is done in the office, has much less pain and disability, and a quick return to normal activity.
Spider veins are much smaller tiny thread like veins that many people have on their legs. It is a cosmetic concern and the most common treatment is called sclerotherapy. This involves injecting a chemical with a very tiny needle that damages the vein and over time it fades away. In most cases, sclerotherapy requires multiple treatments to achieve a good result. Visit our website for more details and contact information for our center.