There are several nonsurgical, minimally invasive vein treatments for treating varicose veins.
Reference Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical procedure in which a chemical is injected into the vein, causing the vein to close off.
Minimally invasive procedures
- Reference Laser therapies (including endovenous laser) use the heat of laser energy to scar and close off varicose veins.
- Reference Phlebectomy, or stab avulsion, is a technique in which several tiny incisions are made in the skin through which the varicose vein is removed.
- Reference Radiofrequency treatment uses radiofrequency energy to close off a large varicose vein.
What to think about
People who have laser or radiofrequency treatment generally feel less pain and heal faster than people who have ligation and stripping.
Some people may want to have vein treatment to improve how their legs look, even though their varicose veins are not causing other problems. Vein treatments may be appropriate in some cases as long as you don't have other health problems that make the treatment risky.
Keep in mind that vein treatments done only for cosmetic reasons are not likely to be covered by insurance.
Complications of varicose veins may require further treatment, especially if you have developed severe varicose veins or Reference chronic venous insufficiency Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery