Spider and varicose veins can be treated through self-care and medical treatment. Self-care includes elevating your legs, wearing support compression stockings and exercising to keep blood flowing through the veins and to control body weight.
When self-care isn’t enough, medical treatment aims to correct the condition causing varicose veins, rather than simply relieve symptoms or smooth over a cosmetic problem. To fix the underlying cause, doctors close down or remove veins with faulty valves that are preventing efficient circulation of the blood. Newer medical treatments to eliminate spider and varicose veins provide good results with faster recovery, minimal discomfort and little disruption of your normal daily activities.
The Swedish Vein Center offers several treatments for veins that are causing pain, fatigue or other symptoms:
- Endovenous laser therapy uses a small laser fiber inserted into the faulty vein and positioned with ultrasound guidance. The laser energy heats the vein wall, causing it to shrink and close off. Typically, only one treatment is needed, and patients report very mild discomfort from the procedure. With few exceptions, you can resume normal daily activities immediately. Your skin may be discolored during the healing process, which lasts three to six weeks.
- Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy, is a common treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins that remain after any larger problem veins have been eliminated with laser therapy or surgery. A tiny needle is used to inject a foam that irritates the varicose vein, causing scar tissue to form and close off the vein. As a result, the surface veins are no longer visible, and symptoms subside. Generally, two or three sessions are required to treat an affected area.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy - Because of the good results available with modern techniques performed in the doctor’s office, surgery is rarely needed to treat varicose veins today. In some cases, however, surgery is the only treatment for varicose veins covered by patients’ medical insurance. If so, The Swedish Vein Center may perform ambulatory phlebectomy in the office. This technique involves the removal of short segments of veins through tiny incisions under local anesthesia.
Look forward to great results
After faulty veins are eliminated, the remaining healthy veins take over, which relieves symptoms such as pain, fatigue and itching. The appearance of your legs improves because the swollen, twisted veins are eliminated. Treatment results in noticeable clearer skin, enabling patients to once again enjoy wearing shorts, swimsuits, skirts and dresses.