Vein Stripping? No More!

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Varicose veins have been a cosmetic and medical issue since the 19th century, and the first treatment was developed by Friedrich Trendelenburg. Known as Trendelenburg ligation, the procedure involved surgically removing the damaged vein, and the technique was used well into the 20th century.

What is Vein Stripping?

Trendelenburg ligation, or vein stripping, involves making an incision in the area of the varicose vein, and pulling it out of the body. Prior to the introduction of vein stripping, only visible varicose veins could be treated by physicians. Ligation allowed for more people to be treated because some varicose veins occur deep inside the tissues. Vein stripping was used for close to a century before physicians sought new techniques for their patients.

Why is Vein Stripping No Longer Recommended?

As a surgical technique, vein stripping causes trauma to the tissues. Patients experienced discomfort, lengthy healing times, and inconsistent results. Unfortunately, physicians had few options for varicose veins because no other methods had proven effective.

What New Techniques are Used for Varicose Veins?

Sclerotherapy was one of the first treatments that was developed to offer alternatives to vein stripping. The procedure involves injections of a special substance into the vein to seal it. More recently, energy-based technologies for medical treatments opened the door for research into how varicose vein treatments could be improved from the perspective of patient outcomes and quality of life. Laser and radiofrequency are the two most common types of energy used for treating varicose veins. The systems work by applying thermal heat to the damaged vein. At Center for Varicose Veins, Dr. Madan offers varicose vein treatments with sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and endovenous laser ablation.

What Non-Energy Based Techniques are Used for Varicose Veins?

VenaSeal™ is the latest non-surgical treatment for varicose veins. The procedure relies on a surgical adhesive that is applied inside the damaged vein to seal it and allow your body to route blood through healthy veins. Dr. Madan offers VenaSeal™ to his patients with varicose veins.

What are the Advantages of Modern Varicose Vein Treatments?

The goal of new approaches for varicose vein treatments is to provide patients with more positive outcomes. Researchers and physicians worked to find new ways to provide exceptional varicose vein care to men and women while enhancing their post-procedure experiences. Specifically, the treatments offered at Center for Varicose Veins were chosen by Dr. Madan to:

Center for Varicose Veins Specializes in Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments

Dr. Vinay Madan is a board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist who specializes in advanced treatments for varicose veins. For more than 20 years, Dr. Madan has been involved in the evolution of varicose vein treatments, and he offers his patients advanced treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life. To learn more about your options for varicose vein treatments, contact Center for Varicose Veins today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Madan.

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Dr. Vinay Madan, MD, DABVLM Dr. Vinay Madan, MD, DABVLM Dr. Vinay Madan is a board certified Interventional Radiologist and Phlebologist with over 25 years of experience in treating vein disease. Dr. Madan has served as the Chairman of Radiology and Section Head of Vascular Interventional Radiology at Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Dr. Madan brings a wealth of knowledge which allows him to treat patients with cosmetic and medical vein disease in a caring and compassionate way.

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