Spider veins can be treated using a procedure called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a vein with a solution which causes it to collapse or no longer carry blood flow.
This treatment is performed in a short office visit and is relatively painless. You may require several sessions for different parts of the leg. However, many veins can be treated in one session. Most of the time there is little or no pain, although some patients feel a slight burning or stinging sensation during the procedure.
Normal activities can be resumed afterwards with the exception of no hot baths for 72 hours.
Varicose Veins and some reticular veins are treated using microphlebectomy. This is the preferred method for treating very superficial bulging veins of the saphenous system or its tributaries. It is very effective and safe.
This procedure is performed painlessly under local anesthesia. No stitches are required. Some bruising may occur, but this usually resolves in a few weeks.
Compression stockings area worn for 48 hours, and the patient may return to full activities immediately. When the local anesthesia wears off, most patients experience no pain whatsoever.
Venous ulcers can be treated using endovenous ablation. This is a painless and minimally invasive procedure which uses heat to destroy the saphenous vein. This technique uses needle punctures to access and treat the vein. Patients can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
You may eat prior to the procedure and drive yourself to and from the office as no sedation is required. Pain is controlled with a local anesthetic which usually lasts 4-5 hours.
We insist that patients remain active after this procedure with frequent walking. Gone are the days of bed rest or downtime associated with vein procedures; being active and mobile is the rule!