Varicose vein treatments have significantly changed in the last decade. Previous to the newer treatments offered, many older adults where left with only one treatment - vein stripping. As many have learned the hard way, vein stripping is no longer a recommended treatment for varicose veins (in fact it was only saved for patients with severe cases originally). The reason being is that the surgery is painful and often causes more damage to other veins. Furthermore, vein stripping surgery does not fully resolve the underlying vein problem. The veins are literally stripped from the legs often damaging the branch veins and causing significant pain and inflammation. Possible complications of vein stripping are damage to lymphatic tissue leading to chronic leg swelling and also damage to surrounding nerves leading to numbness. The surgery requires long periods of downtime with efficacy rates being around to 50%. Frequently, patients have to revisit their doctor to have further work done. The point is get the work right the first time, and treat your vein problem. Listed below are 2 alternatives for varicose and spider vein treatment.
1.) Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive procedure that take less than an hour to complete. Patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. EVLT is highly effective for treating varicose. The use of an ultrasound guides the doctor to the varicosities needing treatment and where the use of a laser light targets the tissue and to seal the vein shut. The treated veins then dissolve into the blood stream, and the healing process starts immediately.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (also known as Echo-Sclerotherapy) is another clinical setting procedure and is an effective alternative to vein stripping. Generally, the procedure is performed under the discretion of the certified vein doctor and is done by using a foam based sclerosant. The doctor will inject the sclerosant while using the ultrasound as a visual guide enabling the treatment to be more accurate and effective. Because the veins treated are often below the surface of the skin, the ultrasound acts as the primary tool to to guide a needle into the abnormal vein and deliver the right amount of sclerosing medication to dissolve the lining of the blood vessel and seal the vein.
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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).