Many people think getting rid of varicose veins is a long, drawn-out, or difficult procedure. We’re here to tell you that it’s not. At the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we have many ways to treat your varicose veins and the good news is they are all fast and effective. Every patient is different and some require less treatment than others. This is why personalized vein treatment plans are so critical. So if you’re worried about a long commitment, repeat visits, lots of downtime, or whatever is keeping you from fixing your varicose veins, you can stop worrying and take action.
We Fix Varicose Veins with One Treatment
For most large, bulging veins, one treatment is all that is needed to get rid of them for good. Just to give you an idea of your options, here are all the ways we treat varicose veins with information about how it’s done, how long it takes, and recovery details. Check them all out and then come see Dr. Barbieri. Together, you can decide which one is best for you and your legs.
Ablation and Sclerotherapy
The body is an amazing machine. With all of these treatments, the varicose veins are “damaged” to cause closure of the broken veins and the body simply absorbs the damaged veins as waste material. Blood then naturally re-routes to normal working veins allowing for proper blood flow and circulation. The bad veins will not grow back or cause any problems. While we can’t promise some of your existing veins won’t develop into varicose veins over the years to come, we can tell you that the varicose veins you have today will be gone for good.
Types of Ablation We Offer
We offer several different types of venous ablation. Ablation is safe, less invasive than surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. The treatments usually take less than an hour. You can expect some bruising, but that is completely normal and will go away in a couple of weeks. You will be instructed to wear compression stockings for about a week and avoid heavy exercise, but otherwise, you can resume your normal activities with no downtime. It’s that simple – one office visit and your varicose veins are gone!
Radio Frequency Ablation
With RFA, we heat the wall of the problem vein using temperature-controlled radio-frequency energy. This heat shrinks the vein and seals it shut. The closed vein is treated as waste by the body and is absorbed over time.
Laser Vein Ablation
Rather than radiofrequency energy, a laser fiber will be put into the vein. When slowly pulled out, it will heat up the length of the vein causing it to close up and shrink.
Varithena Chemical Ablation
With Varithena chemical ablation, we use ultrasound guidance to place a specialized chemical foam into the varicose veins that cannot be treated with radiofrequency or laser ablation. The chemical causes the vein to collapse and shrink.
With sclerotherapy, we place a chemical liquid into the veins causing them to close. Once again, the vein is absorbed by the body naturally. This treatment is used on varicose veins when an ablation cannot be utilized on problematic skin surface veins.
Unlike ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy is the physical removal of the veins. This is an outpatient procedure as well, performed in our office in which we remove problematic bulging surface veins. After the skin is numbed with a local anesthetic, very small punctures are made and the vein is removed. This procedure takes 1-2 hours and the benefits are amazing. No stitches are necessary. Minimal downtime is required and patients can expect to resume normal activity immediately following.