Q: I HAVE VARICOSE VEINS, AND I DESPERATELY WANT TO GET RID OF THEM. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THEM?
A: The good news is you can get rid of your varicose veins and treatments are highly successful.
Varicose veins come in basically two types: cosmetic and symptomatic. Unsightly spider veins are the most common cosmetic, while the more serious symptomatic veins may cause swelling, aching, itching, inflammation and ulcers at the ankle. Many people have both types, which can be determined by an examination. In symptomatic types, ultrasound is also needed to help determine the best treatment.
There are a variety of treatment methods, all performed as an outpatient. Treatment for spider veins is simply injecting the veins using a tiny needle with a solution or small electrical charges that seal the veins. Patients with symptomatic veins require sealing of the main superficial vein with radio waves, laser or glue. In addition, for large varicosities, foam may be needed or small nicks in the skin and removal of the varicosities may be used to complete the treatment.
Most patients are happy with the results and wish they had done it sooner. Don't let the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins keep you from enjoying your life.
— Michael Greer, MD, FACS, RPVI, USA Vascular Surgeon