Varicose Veins Procedures and Treatments
There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on the clinical presentation. Minimally invasive procedures including endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation provide faster recovery times, reduced pain, and minimal scarring, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable experience for patients seeking relief from varicose veins.
Introduction to Minimally Invasive Procedures and Treatments for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can be unsightly, but they are relatively common and don’t signify a major medical condition. Still, these bulging and/or blue or purple veins — often seen in your legs as you age or if you’re on your feet a lot — can make you self-conscious and may increase leg swelling and muscle cramps.
Fortunately, treating varicose veins is possible. Available treatments can minimize the appearance of the enlarged veins and reduce any discomfort you might feel from these veins stretching over time.
What do varicose veins include? Understand the symptoms of varicose veins, different types, causes, and more with our helpful blog post and video on varicose veins. It may involve several factors such as family history, hormone levels, and high blood pressure to develop varicose veins. Don’t let these blood clots last long term and become complications of varicose veins.
Minimally Invasive Procedures for Varicose Veins
Several available treatments are considered minimally invasive and can be performed in the office of your healthcare provider and a varicose veins specialist in Singapore like Dr. Manish Taneja. While traditional treatments involved surgery to tie off and remove the affected veins, these minimally invasive treatments use local anesthetic, take less than an hour and allow you to be up and walking immediately. You should start to see results in two to three weeks as blood flow is re-routed to other veins and the treated vein dissolves and is absorbed by the body.
In radiofrequency ablation, your varicose veins doctor will make a small incision into the vein, insert a very thin tube, and direct radio waves into the vein to generate heat. You won’t feel any burning, but the heat will damage the vein enough to produce scar tissue and close off or collapse the vein.
During the procedure, external compression and elevation help to position the vein correctly for optimal results. You’ll be given a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Most patients can resume normal activities right away, but you might have some bruising and mild soreness.
Laserendovenous treatment for varicose veins is similar to radiofrequency ablation, but lasers are used to generate the heat that closes off the vein. You may need to wear eye protection for added safety in the presence of laser light.
Venseal/VenaBlock Glue Closure
Venseal and VenaBlock are two similar types of treatments where a glue-like solution is injected into the varicose vein to be treated. These special medical-grade adhesives help to harden the vein, closing it off. As with heat-related treatments, a local anesthetic is used and you should be able to resume your normal activities the same day.
ClariVein Mechanochemical Ablation
The ClariVein treatment is chemical based and uses a special fiber inserted into the vein to evenly spread a medical solution that will close the vein. This procedure is usually very quick, often taking about a half hour.
Cryolaser and Cryosclerotherapy
These types of treatments use a device that creates a cold (“cryo”) flow of air to cool the skin and provide numbness while a laser is used to heat the affected varicose veins. The veins are also treated with a chemical to enhance the process of closing off the vein with minimal side effects.
Conservative Medical and Non-Surgical Treatment
If your varicose veins are smaller or you’d prefer to try non-surgical treatments to reduce any discomfort you are feeling, you have some conservative options.
Carrying excess weight or living a sedentary lifestyle can make it harder for blood to flow through the veins in your legs and can lead to circulatory problems, including varicose veins. You may be able to take some of the pressure off the veins and improve blood flow through weight loss and exercise. Some types of exercise, though, such as distance running and some weight lifting, can increase blood pooling in the leg area. It’s important to check with your medical professional and engage in the right exercise for your condition and current level of health.
Wearing compression socks or stockings over the legs can help increase blood flow in the right direction through the veins. Your varicose vein doctor can recommend medical-grade compression clothing that will reduce blood pooling in your lower body.
Elevating your legs at home when you’re not active can help with blood flow. You can also try other dietary changes like reducing salt and drinking more water to help improve circulation and reduce inflammation.
Traditional Open Surgery
Vein stripping is a more traditional surgical intervention for varicose veins. During vein stripping surgery, the doctor makes an incision and physically removes the vein. This procedure will require anesthesia and increased recovery time compared to minimally invasive options.
Common and Effective Vein Treatments
Because of advances in minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, these enlarged veins don’t need to trouble you physically or visually any longer. With minimally invasive varicose vein procedures at our vein clinic in Singapore, you’ll be able to improve the issue with:
- No major surgery or large incisions
- No scarring
- Fast recovery
- Same-day, in-clinic treatments (no hospital stays)
Prevention of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins cannot be fully prevented. However, making certain lifestyle changes can help to reduce the risk of developing the condition and prevent existing varicose veins from worsening. If questions like “How can you stop getting varicose veins?” or “Can you fix varicose veins?” are going through your mind, read our “How to Prevent Varicose Veins: Best Practices to Follow” blog post where we’ve curated some of the best practices to follow, exercises to reduce varicose veins, slow the condition’s progression, and answers to important questions.
At Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja specializes in all types of vascular treatments for a range of medical conditions including peripheral arterial disease and venous diseases. His expertise means you’ll have professional and knowledgeable care no matter which treatment you decide is best for you. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments at our varicose veins clinic and how we can help you.
Am I at Risk of Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, or Deep Vein Thrombosis?
The appearance of varicose and spider veins on your body is nothing of immediate concern. If there are symptoms associated with them, schedule a visit with your doctor to diagnose and treat varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur on individuals with all body types, genders, and ages. The following demographics may have a higher chance of experiencing them.
- Those who are overweight (therefore, maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure)
- Pregnant women
- Individuals between the ages of 40 and 80
- Those who are inactive/not exercising (even sitting or standing for long periods)
- Frequent flyers
- Those who have had surgery or leg trauma
Assessment of Varicose Veins
Clinical examination and ultrasound doppler scan are most important tools in assessment and deciding management of varicose veins. This takes about 15-20 minutes to do and is usually done in the clinic itself.
Treatment of Varicose Veins
There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on clinical presentation. These include:
- Conservative medical management including compression socks
- Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT)
- Radio-frequency endovenous ablation (RFA)
- Clarivein endovenous treatment
- VenaSeal endovenous closure system
- Microwave endovenous ablation
- Open surgery
- Venous avulsions
- Cryolaser and cryosclerotherapy
What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Treatments?
- No major surgery
- No or minimal visible scars
- Quick recovery
- Same day admission and discharge
- Clinic based treatments
Learn more about “Spider Veins: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment”. Although they might be a cosmetic concern, they can also lead to serious health issues. You might also be interested to find out more on our blog post, “Deep Vein Thrombosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment” about the difference between DVT and varicose veins.
Consult a Vascular Specialist for Your Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and varicose veins specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all vascular interventions and looks after venous diseases like varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment today to see which varicose veins treatment is best for you.
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Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay
If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.
The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.
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