CVI is usually not considered a serious health risk. Physician-recommended treatment will focus on decreasing the pain and disability that comes with the condition.
Ablation – Ablation uses a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into a varicose vein. Tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat the walls of your varicose vein and destroy the vein tissue. As with chemical sclerotherapy, the treated vein is eventually absorbed by the body.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This procedure, also called small incision avulsion, allows your physician to remove individual varicose vein clusters from the leg through tiny incisions. This treatment can be done alone or together with vein stripping.
Bypass – For more serious occurrences of CVI, bypass surgery using small incisions in the upper thigh or pelvis would be recommended. An artificial vein (graft) or a transplanted vein redirects blood flow around the blocked vein. There is a small risk of DVT and infection at incision points.
Chemical Sclerotherapy – This treatment injects a chemical that irritates and scar the veins from the inside out so abnormal veins can no longer fill with blood. These damaged veins will eventually be absorbed by the body, and your blood will divert to other veins and continue flowing to the heart.
Compression Stockings – For mild cases of CVI, compression stockings are worn to squeeze the veins and stop excess blood from flowing backward. For many patients, compression stockings are an effective treatment and can help heal skin sores and prevent them from returning.
Valve Repair – The valves inside your vein are shortened to improve valve function. After making a small incision, the surgeon cuts into the affected vein and then folds or tucks the valve flaps. A fabric sleeve may be placed around the outside of the affected vein to help press the vein walls together to maintain valve function.
Vein Stripping – The physician makes a small incision in the groin area and usually another incision in your calf below the knee. Then your physician disconnects and ties off all veins associated with the saphenous vein, the main superficial vein in your leg. Your physician then removes this vein from your leg.
You can depend on the expert team of medical professionals at Vascular Tyler to help you determine your best treatment options, based on your test results.