Summer is almost here, and that means shorts season. Are your legs ready? Are you ready? If you’re struggling with unsightly, ropy or painful varicose veins, Carolina Vein Specialists can help. We offer a number of safe, noninvasive procedures to remove varicose veins so you can love your legs again.
Advanced treatment options for varicose veins
Depending on your individual needs, we can use one of the following treatments to close off the pressure to your varicose veins, giving you healthy, beautiful legs:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT/EVLA)
EVLT/EVLA is one of the gold standards of varicose vein treatment. It is an outpatient procedure that uses laser energy to close the dysfunctional vein, which allows healthy veins to take over. This fast and easy procedure does not require stitches, and you can get back to normal daily activities on the same day.
- Microphlebectomy (Ambulatory Phlebectomy)
This is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through small slit-like incisions in the skin. No stitches or staples are required, and you can get back to normal activities right away.
- Endovenous Chemical Ablation
During this treatment, a solution called a sclerosant is injected into the affected vein using ultrasound guidance, which will close the affected vein. Your varicose vein will then be absorbed and disappear. For the next 2-3 weeks (beginning on the day of your treatment), you will need to walk for one hour every day up to 3 weeks following the procedure. No stitches are needed, but compression stockings are required to prevent blood clots.
- MOCA – ClariVein®
One of the newest endovenous ablation technologies, ClariVein uses a small wire passed through a catheter to gently rotate and agitate the inside of the affected vein. This rotation damages the vein deep into the muscle layer of the vein wall. As the wire rotates, the doctor injects sclerotherapy solution through the catheter, closing the vein.
VenaSeal is a safe, effective treatment that can quickly and painlessly shut down and seal the deep veins that feed varicose veins. A medical-grade adhesive is injected directly into the vein through a catheter. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately rerouted through other healthy veins in the leg. Compression stockings are not required.
How to reduce symptoms of varicose veins
Here are a few things you can focus on to help lower your risk for varicose veins:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes every day (e.g., walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, etc.)
- Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet to help your body stay hydrated
- Avoid high heels, tight hosiery, which can restrict blood flow
- Avoid sitting or standing still for long periods of time to promote healthy circulation
- Elevate your legs over your heart in the evening to help keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs
If you’re struggling with painful, ropy varicose veins, now is the perfect time to do something about it. Carolina Vein Specialists offer a variety of advanced; minimally invasive vein treatments to alleviate pressure to the damaged veins. Not only is it easier to wear compression stockings (required after some vein treatments) during the cooler months of Spring, but your legs will also be vein-free, pain-free and ready for warmer weather clothes like shorts and skirts. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 336-536-6711.