How are Varicose Veins Treated?
Dr. Dohner will conduct a full vein assessment and choose a treatment method that will work best for you. He may use more than one treatment to achieve the best symptom relief and most aesthetically pleasing results.
This treatment works on the underlying feeder veins that cause varicose veins. A thin fiber inside the vein sends energy pulses into the vein walls. This seals the vein, causing it to collapse and rerouting the blood to normal veins. The surface problem veins will gradually fade, although ambulatory phlebectomy can speed up the process.
During this treatment, freckle-sized openings in the skin are used to access the problem vein with special tools. Dr. Dohner removes this section of the vein, allowing other healthy veins to take up the job of the damaged one. This treatment works alone or removes unsightly veins remaining after other treatment methods.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy uses ultrasound to precisely inject a sclerosing foam into the problem vein. This works especially well for veins that are difficult to reach with other methods. The foam will damage the vein walls, causing them to seal closed. Varithena® is an FDA-approved foam used to close off these problem veins if larger.
What is Recovery Like After Varicose Vein Treatment?
You will have little recovery time after these treatments. Walking daily will improve your healing and keep your circulation healthy. You may have compression garments to wear to encourage the treated veins to close. You can return to most normal activities within a few days.