Treatment options available at UTPhysicians:
Based on the severity of the problem area, treatment options range from compression stockings, exercise, and/or minimally invasive procedures to close or remove the veins. In the event surgical intervention is required, the patient should seek medical attention from a vascular specialist; procedures are typically done under general anesthetic and patients can expect to return home and back to their normal activities within two days. Surgical options include
- Sclerotherapy: the injection of a special solution, known as a sclerosant, into the unwanted veins using a very fine needle. The solution causes the lining of the vessels to seal later reducing the visibility of the veins.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: through a small incision, a catheter is threaded into the vein, followed by a probe which emits radio frequency. The energy that is emitted from the radiofrequency heats up the vein, causing the walls of the vein to collapse, thus closing and sealing it shut.