Why Are Less Invasive Treatments For My Varicose Veins Safer?

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that can be seen just under the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found in the legs and ankles and are caused by damaged or faulty valves in the veins. These valves are responsible for preventing blood from flowing backwards as it moves up the legs towards the heart. When they are damaged or not functioning properly, the blood can pool in the veins, causing them to become swollen and twisted.

Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting approximately 25% of adults in the United States. They are more common in women than in men and are more likely to occur as people get older. While they are not typically dangerous, they can cause discomfort and be unsightly. In some cases, they can also lead to more serious health problems.

Why are less invasive treatments for my varicose veins safer?

In the past, the most common treatment for varicose veins was surgery, which involved stripping the vein from the leg. This was a painful and invasive procedure that often required a lengthy recovery time. Today, however, there are less invasive options available for treating varicose veins. These treatments are safer for several reasons.

First, less invasive treatments for varicose veins are less risky because they do not require major surgery. Traditional surgery for varicose veins can be associated with complications, such as infection and bleeding. In contrast, less invasive treatments, such as endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation, are performed using a small catheter inserted into the vein. This means that there is a smaller incision and a lower risk of complications.

Second, less invasive treatments for varicose veins are less painful than surgery. Traditional surgery for varicose veins can be very painful, especially in the days immediately following the procedure. In contrast, less invasive treatments are typically performed using local anesthesia, which means that the patient is awake but does not feel any pain during the procedure. This can make the recovery process much more comfortable.

Third, less invasive treatments for varicose veins have a shorter recovery time than surgery. Traditional surgery for varicose veins can require a lengthy recovery time, during which patients may need to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities. In contrast, less invasive treatments, such as endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation, can be performed in a doctor's office and do not require a lengthy recovery time. Patients can often return to their normal activities the same day.

Finally, less invasive treatments for varicose veins are more effective than traditional surgery. In the past, traditional surgery for varicose veins was not always successful and the veins could recur.  In contrast, less invasive treatments, have been shown to be highly effective in treating varicose veins. These treatments seal the faulty vein, preventing blood from pooling and reducing the likelihood of the veins recurring.

Overall, less invasive treatments for varicose veins are safer than traditional surgery. They are less risky, less painful, have a shorter recovery time, and are more effective in treating the condition. As a result, more and more people are choosing less invasive treatments for their varicose veins and improving their quality of life.

Center for Varicose Veins offers minimally invasive vein disease treatments in Wilton and Fairfield, Connecticut. The clinics offer endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, Venaseal, and sclerotherapy. All of these treatments are simple and painless. 

Heading the Center for Varicose Veins is Dr. Vinay Madan, a board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist & Diagnostic Radiologist. Call or message us to schedule an appointment today.

Center for Varicose Veins logo Center for Varicose Veins Center for Varicose Veins in Wilton and Fairfield, Connecticut, is a speciality practice that serves the communities of Wilton, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien, Redding, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Bridgeport, and Stamford, Connecticut, as well as Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, South Salem and Bedford, New York. Board-Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist Vinay Madan, MD, has over 25 years of experience using minimally invasive procedures to treat people affected by varicose veins and other forms of vein disease. With specialized care and expertise in the most advanced treatments, Dr. Madan offers relief of circulatory conditions affecting the legs, including chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, and leg ulcers.

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