3 Common Varicose-Vein Treatments

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Varicose veins manifest themselves in places on the body—usually the legs—as gnarled, swollen veins that have a deep purple tinge to them. Not only are varicose veins unattractive, they are also quite unhealthy. Varicose veins are often a sign that the vein walls are weakening and that you are not receiving as much circulation to your extremities as you should. Luckily, varicose veins are not without treatment. Read on and discover just a few of the most common ways in which varicose veins are treated.

Non-Thermal Ablation

Non-thermal ablation techniques are the newest ways in which varicose veins are treated. These processes do not use heat to ablate the veins, but rather use other techniques that serve to alleviate these swollen veins. For example, one system utilizes a pharmaceutical form of ablation, which is injected into the vein and serves to lessen the swelling of the vein from the inside out. Still another form uses a type of glue to ablate the varicose vein.


Part of the problem with varicose veins is that they find their way to the very surface of the epidermis, which cuts them off from the flow of blood from your body. Sclerotherapy aims to rectify this issue and send your veins back to where they belong in your blood flow by using a saline injection. Sclerotherapy has been proven to work very well on smaller varicose veins, but it is not quite as efficient when dealing with larger veins or veins that are part of a much more extensive network of veins. It could be the case that you will have to undergo repeat treatments in order for sclerotherapy to be effective in such cases.

Thermal Ablation

This is a process that works by essentially shrinking enlarged varicose veins. Essentially, heat is place on the vein, and the heat then makes its way inside of the vein, where it serves to constrict those deeply widened varicose veins. This shrinks the vein away from the epidermis and allows your body to reabsorb the vein. Although thermal ablation is not painful, per se, it is not exactly the most comfortable method of getting rid of varicose veins. The process requires a local anesthetic due to the fact that the heat that is used in the vein can reach upwards of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The treatment can also leave behind swelling and bruising after the process is complete.


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