Treating Your Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are often benign but can cause pain and discomfort for some individuals. They can also be a symptom of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a condition associated with circulatory problems. Several treatment options are available, from improving blood circulation to minimizing the appearance of varicose veins. Dr. Scott Grover, the experienced doctor at Cache Valley Surgical Consultants in Logan, UT, treats varicose veins utilizing various proven methods.

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

At first glance, varicose veins and spider veins might seem the same. They both occur as a result of weakened blood vessel walls, but they are two different conditions. Spider veins tend to be thin branch-like red or blue lines within the skin and they don't cause any additional symptoms. Varicose veins are usually blue and having a bulging appearance. They are located under the skin. They can also cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling, discomfort, cramping, and pain.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

Several treatments are available for minimizing the appearance of varicose veins, improving blood circulation, and reducing any associated symptoms. At our office in Logan, treatments for varicose veins include microphlebectomy, sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, and chemical adhesive (glue).

Microphlebectomy: This procedure involves making a tiny micro-incision in the skin to remove a large varicose vein using a special tool. The benefit of making a small incision is that only a subtle, almost unnoticeable scar will remain.

Sclerotherapy: This technique involves injecting a special solution into a large varicose vein, causing it to collapse and shrink and eventually be reabsorbed by the body. This is also used for spider veins with great success.

Endovenous Ablation: For this procedure, a thermal catheter (laser or radiofrequency) is inserted into the incompetent vein through an IV. As the catheter is heated up, the heat causes the vein to close. Once closed, blood will no longer be able to pass through this vein and the body will ultimately reabsorb the vein.  

Chemical Adhesive: Like endovenous ablation, a catheter is inserted into the affected vein. However, a special chemical adhesive is used to close the vein instead of heat. The difference with this procedure is that the vein is not reabsorbed by the body, but it does shrink.

Dr. Grover can explain each method in more detail and recommend a specific treatment for you.

There is no need to live with the discomfort of varicose veins. Several treatment options are available. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Grover to learn more about treatments for varicose veins by calling Cache Valley Surgical Consultants in Logan, UT, at (435) 752-7122.

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