In the past, surgical stripping and ligation was the most common treatment for varicose veins. The procedure involved stripping the deceased vein from the leg. A painful procedure, it often required a very lengthy recovery time. Currently, the procedure is mostly replaced by less invasive options which are available for treating varicose veins. Are these treatments safer than the surgical procedure? Let’s learn more.
First, minimally invasive procedures like endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation do not require a major surgery. The procedures are performed using a small catheter inserted into the vein by making a small incision. Hence, unlike traditional surgery which may involve high risk of complications like infection and bleeding, less invasive treatment alternatives have less occurrence of such complications.
Second, less invasive treatments for varicose veins have a shorter and faster recovery time than surgery. Traditional surgery for varicose veins can require a lengthy recovery time. This will require the patients to take time off work and they will be advised to stay away from any kind of strenuous activities. However, minimally invasive treatments, such as endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation, are performed as an outpatient procedure and do not require a lengthy recovery time. Patients can return home mostly on the same day after the procedure.
Third, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins are less painful than surgery. Typically performed using local anesthesia, the patient is awake during the procedure but does not feel any pain during the procedure. This can make the recovery after the procedure much more comfortable. However, recovery after the surgical procedure for varicose veins is observed to be very painful, especially in the days following the procedure.
Finally, less invasive treatments for varicose veins are more effective than traditional surgery. Till recently, surgical procedure for varicose veins was the only effective treatment with proven long-term benefits. However, with recent advancement in technology, less invasive methods are found to be equally effective in treating venous disorders. The results and benefits attained are similar or even better to those obtained through the complicated surgical interventions.
Considering all the above, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins are considered safer than traditional surgery. Avis Vascular center offers minimally invasive procedures such as endovenous ablation, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and medical glue treatment for varicose veins.
The key to getting the best results is the skill of the doctor performing the leg vein treatment. A physical exam can help your doctor know about the type of treatment suitable for your condition. Sometimes, a doppler ultrasound which shows the blood flow in your veins may be recommended.
After reviewing all the information, your doctor will suggest the best treatment option for you. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments for getting the best results with lesser side effects.
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