Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic nuisance – over time they may worsen and cause pain, swelling, muscle aches, and, in extreme cases, blood clots or bleeding. But fear not, varicose vein sufferers! Varicose vein surgery can help provide you with quick, long-term relief.
Modern Treatment vs. Traditional Non-Laser Treatments
Lifestyle changes are initially recommended for treating varicose veins, such as increasing exercise, promoting weight loss, avoiding uncomfortable footwear and standing for long periods of time. However, in many cases lifestyle changes are not enough and surgery is often required.
Traditional varicose vein treatments are centered on surgical vein removal (also known as vein ligation or stripping). The procedure involves tying-off veins within the leg and then removing the affected vein completely.
Vein ligation and stripping has a period of recovery time between 1 to 4 weeks and is often associated with increased risks because patients have to be placed under general anesthesia. With the variety of less invasive and modern approaches available for treatment today – we believe these older methods should only be reserved for extreme circumstances.
Modern varicose vein surgery utilizes the power of radiofrequency or laser technology to close off veins and cause them to disappear entirely – in less time and with fewer risks. Dr. Jensen uses endovenous ablation which involves only local anesthesia and one tiny incision made near the veins to be treated.
This innovative and minimally invasive approach to varicose vein surgery boasts a recovery time as little as 48 hours. Our patients are up and running – much quicker than they would be with traditional methods.
As we age, our bodies have a harder time overcoming the effects of gravity. The muscles in our legs become weaker and our veins lose elasticity, making it difficult to pump blood back to the heart, causing it to pool and bulge – thus varicose veins are born.
Aging gracefully is possible with varicose vein treatment from Dr. Joseph Jensen. Contact him today for a free consultation!