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4 Types of Corrective Treatments for Vein Disease

4 Types of Corrective Treatments for Vein Disease

Posted on March 9, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Treatment-homepage-slide-4You’ve decided to seek treatment for your varicose veins or spider veins. Great! Fortunately over the past several years there have been many advancements in treatment options and there are numerous possible routes for vein disease treatment today.

Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins

Medication called sclerosant is injected with a needle into varicose and spider veins. The vein wall is irritated by the sclerosant, it then hardens and collapses. Over time the vein is absorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is particularly useful in treating spider veins. However, depending on the number and size of veins that need to be treated, it may take numerous visits but scleropathy doesn’t require anesthetic and you can resume regularly activities the same day.  

Laser/Light treatment for Spider Veins

Laser treatments are use light to heat up spider vein tissue and dissolve it. If you don’t have any additional venous insufficiency, this can be a very effective treatment route. Laser treatments can close spider and reticular veins that are on the skin surface and they can also be used to treat internal veins that are deeper. This treatment also doesn’t require anesthetic and you can also resume regular activities immediately after treatment. The skin around the treated area may be red and a bit swollen for a bit after the treatment but should heal quickly. 

Endovenous Chemical Ablation for Varicose Veins

Endovenous Chemical Ablation is an alternative to surgically getting varicose veins removed. It is similar to scleropathy in that a chemical irritant is used to agitate the vein and thus close it. During the treatment, an ultrasound is used to guide the process thus making it possible to target small and very curved veins. This treatment only requires local anesthetic, but you can resume daily activities the same day .

Endovenous Thermal Ablation for Varicose Veins

endovenous-laser-ablationInstead of using a chemical irritant, Endovenous Thermal Ablation uses heat to close veins that need treatment. The vein closes immediately, proper blood flow is returned and over the next several weeks to months the veins are reabsorbed into the body.  Most patients are able to resume regular activities immediately after treatment.

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate attention regardless of your symptoms.


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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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