Varicose and spider veins are more than simply cosmetic issues.
Caused by blood flow problems, varicose and spider veins can lead to swelling, a burning sensation, fatigue, aching or pain.
Untreated, the veins can become ulcerous (a condition for which you should always seek prompt treatment).
See your doctor or contact Marshfield Clinic Vein Services directly if you experience these symptoms.
Your varicose and spider veins can probably be easily corrected with a range of treatments available through Marshfield Clinic.
Many of them can eliminate your unsightly veins without a hospital stay. You can be in and out quickly and resume your normal activities immediately.
Varicose and Spider Veins Fact Sheet
The treatment option best for you depends upon the severity of your symptoms and the results you desire.
Diet changes and exercise may be enough to relieve minor symptoms. More dramatic results can be achieved through various treatments, including:
Sclerotherapy: Smaller varicose veins and spider veins can be closed off and reabsorbed into the body using a liquid chemical injection.
Endovenous Ablation Procedures: Larger varicose veins can be treated from inside via minimally invasive catheter-based procedures. The catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny incision in the skin. When the vein is deep inside the leg, it is guided by ultrasound imaging. The vein fades away after treatment.
Laser Ablation uses a laser probe threaded through the catheter to close off the vein.
Radiofrequency Ablation is a newer alternative, using radiofrequency energy instead of a laser.
All these procedures are performed in your Marshfield Clinic vein specialist’s office, using the region’s most advanced facilities.
There is no need for a hospital stay and you can get back to normal activity immediately.
To prevent or minimize varicose veins, control your weight and avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Wearing support hose can help relieve symptoms and prevent complications, if they fit properly.
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