How can varicose veins be treated?
Schedule an appointment with St. Luke's Cardiology Vein Clinic specialists
The UnityPoint Health Vein Clinic offers a comprehensive, non-surgical approach which includes two treatment options; sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Neither option requires anesthesia, hospitalization or surgery. These procedures are performed our office. You can be back on your feet resuming normal activities the same or next day.
During sclerotherapy, your doctor injects a chemical into your varicose vein. The chemical irritates and scars the vein from the inside out so your abnormal vein can no longer fill with blood. Circulation is carried out through your healthy veins located deeper within the body, so the outward appearance and sometimes pain associated with the varicose veins is significantly reduced. Your body will eventually absorb the vein that received the injection. Small to medium sized varicose veins respond best to this procedure.
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is another way to treat varicose veins, including larger sized veins. Your doctor inserts a tiny fiber into a varicose vein through a catheter. A laser light is emitted through the fiber. As the fiber is pulled back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of light. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body's blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other, healthy veins.
Why consider these options?
- Results can be immediate and have a high success rate.
- Significant relief from discomfort such as aches, heaviness and pain
- More efficient blood circulation
- An improved body image and confidence in one's appearance
- A minimally invasive, quick and easy treatment option
- You can return to your daily activities immediately