How Does Vein Treatment Work?

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Vein treatment can seem daunting.

There can be a stigma about going to see a doctor. We all can have, to a certain degree, a fear or concern that aligns with that.

However, when it comes to vein treatment, it can be a completely different story.

Regardless of what your vein health issues are, we always aim to make your treatment minimally invasive so that you have less downtime and get back to feeling your best sooner.

So what exactly do we mean by “vein treatment?”

At Vein Clinics of America, we offer a number of different options for vein treatment. Here are the different vein treatment options we offer, and how they work. Your vein specialist will work with you to create a vein care plan specific to your needs.

Vein Treatment Options

Endovenous Thermal Ablation

Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) includes two types of treatments: Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).  EVLA is used to treat the primary cause of vein disease of larger veins in your legs such as the great and small saphenous veins.

These two treatment options are similar in the way they are performed. After numbing a small area in your leg, a catheter or sheath is inserted into the vein that needs to be treated.

A laser fiber or a radiofrequency catheter is passed along the vein which is guided by ultrasound. As the laser fiber or radiofrequency catheter is slowly removed, the vein is heated and closed. When the unhealthy vein is closed, the pressure is relieved from the unhealthy vein, which treats the cause of varicose veins and its symptoms.

ETA takes less than an hour to perform, does not require hospitalization, and you will be able to resume your usual activities soon after treatment, allowing you to get back to your life quickly.


Sclerotherapy Treatment

There are two types of sclerotherapy treatments: ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (UGS) and visually guided sclerotherapy (VGS).

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (UGS) can be used to treat the primary cause of vein disease in larger veins, a network of smaller veins, and veins that are twisted. UGS is done by a Vein Specialist using ultrasound to visualize unhealthy veins. When an unhealthy vein is seen on ultrasound, a small needle is placed into the vein and medication called sclerosant is injected. The sclerosant causes the vein to scar and close. Over time, the vein shrinks and is absorbed by your body.  The UGS treatment takes less than an hour to complete and does not require hospitalization. You can get back to most usual activities shortly after treatment.

Visually guided sclerotherapy (VGS) is used to treat veins that are close to the skin’s surface that can be seen without the help of ultrasound. VGS is usually done after larger veins have been treated, the primary cause of vein disease. During VGS, sclerosant is injected into smaller veins (often called spider-veins) to scar and close the veins. VGS also takes less than an hour to complete and has no down time.

Watch our Sclerotherapy video!

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Compression Stockings

For less severe vein issues, your vein specialist may suggest you try something different than the above.

Wearing prescription-grade compression socks are great to help improve blood flow in your legs. They fit tightly around your foot and work to push your blood back up toward your heart when your veins are struggling to do so on their own.

These compression stockings are used to treat the symptoms that are associated with vein problems, but it is important to note that they do not treat the underlying problems that cause vein disease in the first place.

There are a number of different treatment options that all offer relief for your troubled veins. In order to determine which treatment is best for you, you can schedule a consultation with a vein specialist. From the initial consultation, a provider will gather information about your symptoms and lifestyle and get you set up with the best treatment plan specific to your individual vein health needs.

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Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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