Varicose vein treatments are quick, minimally invasive, and affordable. And many varicose vein procedures are covered by insurance. Cincinnati vein specialist, Dr. Sukir Sinnathamby offers a wide range of options that can be customized to your individual needs.
Varicose Vein Treatment Before & After
This Cincinnati woman came to our office for the treatment of unsightly varicose veins in her upper leg. Not only were they bothering her cosmetically, but she was also experiencing leg pain and fatigue after walking short distances. Dr. Sinnathamby performed an ambulatory phlebectomy combined with laser therapy to virtually eliminate the appearance of the varicose veins. See more before & after photos
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Varicose vein treatments are performed in our outpatient center, Varicose to Perfect, in Springboro, Ohio, about 45 minutes outside of Cincinnati. Please call 937-303-4500 for a consultation to learn more about our procedures and which is best for you.
Sclerotherapy Varicose Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy successfully eliminates the appearance of unsightly veins by up to 95% and is the gold standard for varicose vein treatment. It is quick, relatively painless, and requires little or no downtime. Treatment involves a direct injection into the veins with a sclerosing agent that causes irritation, forcing them to collapse and fade from view.
Many patients will see a significant improvement after just one treatment, however, most patients will need 2 to 6 treatments to achieve the best cosmetic results. Sclerotherapy sessions last 15 to 20 minutes each.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Removes Varicose Veins
Ambulatory phlebectomy, simply known as “hook phlebectomy”, is generally recommended for patients who suffer from protruding varicose veins in the legs. Compared to traditional vein stripping methods, an ambulatory phlebectomy is a varicose vein treatment option that can be performed in-office under local anesthesia, and in most cases requires only one visit to complete.
Dr. Sinnathamby will use a micro-extraction hook to remove varicose veins through a very small incision. After successful removal, patients are fitted with a compression bandage, which is worn for two weeks, to aid in healing and minimize swelling and discomfort.
Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (EVLT)
Developed by leading phlebologists, EVLT is a virtually painless varicose vein treatment that can be completed in our Cincinnati area office in less than 1 hour with practically no downtime. Laser treatment offers immediate relief in both the internal and external symptoms of varicose veins. Multiple treatments will further reduce the appearance of varicose veins and in many cases eliminate them altogether.
The EVLT procedure uses duplex ultrasound technology to map out the positioning of the saphenous vein. After applying a local anesthetic, a catheter is placed inside the vein and positioned near the groin. A laser fiber is then threaded through the catheter, and when activated emits targeted radial energy that gently closes the vein walls from the inside – causing branch veins to shrink and lose their unattractive appearance. Blood flow is re-routed through healthy veins in the region.
Varicose Vein Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
Are there risks with varicose vein treatments?
Varicose vein treatments have common risks, including bleeding, pain, and infection at the treatment site. More specific risks depend on the treatment you receive. For example, sclerotherapy might cause skin discoloration or slight inflammation.
Additionally, laser treatments can sometimes lead to temporary nerve damage. Surgical procedures have a slight risk of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. Overall, the benefits of treatment usually outweigh the small chance of complications.
What is the most effective treatment for varicose veins?
The most effective treatment for varicose veins will depend on the severity of the condition and the size of the veins. The patient’s overall health will also be a factor in the effectiveness of any treatment for varicose. Less invasive options like compression stockings may help manage mild varicose veins.
On the other hand, for more severe cases, the most effective treatments are usually endovenous ablation procedures. Endovenous ablation has high success rates for improving symptoms and appearance with minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Can you fix varicose veins on your own?
You can’t cure varicose veins on your own. They usually require medical intervention for significant improvement. However, some self-care actions can help you manage symptoms. You can elevate your legs when you sit or lie down. You can also wear compression stockings to help improve blood flow.
A healthy diet and good weight management can also play a role in managing varicose veins. Overall, if your varicose veins are painful and start to cause complications, you should see a doctor. Trying to treat them at home can make them worse.
Can varicose veins return even after treatment?
Yes, it is possible for varicose veins to return after treatment. While treatments like sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and surgery are effective, they don’t prevent new veins from developing. Moreover, factors like genetics, age, and lifestyle can play a role in recurrence.
However, while recurrence is possible, it does not happen in all cases. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of new varicose veins.
How long does it take to recover from sclerotherapy?
Recovery from sclerotherapy is generally quick. Spider veins typically disappear in 3-6 weeks. Larger veins, on the other hand, take about three months. Most people can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure.
However, it’s common to experience some bruising, swelling, or minor discomfort in the area the doctor treated. This usually resolves within a few days to a couple of weeks. Your doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings for a certain period. This will aid in healing and improve results.
How painful is ambulatory phlebectomy?
Most patients tolerate ambulatory phlebectomy well and consider it less painful than other varicose vein surgeries. During the procedure, you might experience a mild pinching sensation. However, you will be under local anesthesia, which numbs the treatment area and reduces discomfort.
After the procedure, it’s common to have some minor discomfort, swelling, or bruising. These symptoms usually go away within a few days. You can also manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medication in most cases.