When treating varicose veins, one must remember several facts. Treatment is possible because we have two systems of veins: a superficial vein system and a deep venous system. This is important because we have “veins to spare.” Getting rid of these blue, ropey varicose veins usually will not affect the circulation.
Memorial Vein Center employs surgical and non-surgical methods in the treatment of varicose veins.
Surgical Removal: Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Tiny incisions are painlessly made in the skin and the affected segment of the vein is removed. Recovery is short and return to activity is fast.
Non-Surgical Removal: Ablation
Ablation treats the varicose vein from the inside. It uses heat delivered into the vein via a special catheter. This is done either with radio-frequency energy or laser energy.
A special catheter is inserted into the varicose vein. The catheter is equipped with a tip, which gets hot. Once the catheter is in place, it is heated, causing the vein to shrink and eventually be absorbed by the body.
Heat generated by laser is used to treat the vein in the same manner as Radio Frequency just using a different heat source – laser.