Varicose Vein Treatment in Olympia and Thurston County
Varicose veins are considered a medical problem and are best treated at South Sound Surgical Associates, a partner of You’re So Vein Aesthetic Center in Thurston County. The evaluation and treatment of varicose veins is generally covered by health insurance. There are multiple treatment options. Symptoms of lower extremity varicose veins include aching/throbbing pain, swelling, itching, leg fatigue/sensation of heaviness, skin discoloration and occasionally skin ulceration, restless legs and phlebitis (clot formation). Appropriate treatment of your varicose veins will eliminate the symptoms and improve the quality of your life. Schedule an appointment with South Sound Surgical Associates in Thurston County to figure out which treatment will work best for you.
Closure Therapy for Varicose Veins at South Sound Surgical Associates
Closure treatments for varicose veins are easy and relatively painless when done with South Sound Surgical Associates. Endovenous thermal ablation (closure) and glue closure treatments are used to treat larger varicose veins in the legs. These procedures are performed using only local anesthesia and typically takes less than one hour. After the physician makes a small incision, ultrasound guidance is used to access the vein being treated. Next the thermal ablation fiber is inserted into the vein and positioned appropriately. The thermal ablation device is turned on and the targeted energy heats up the tip of the fiber. The high temperature damages the lining of the vein causing it to seal closed. In some situations, instead of using thermal energy to close the vein, we will use medical grade glue to close up the abnormal vein. Recovery time is quick and easy. After 24 hours, normal activity is resumed. Depending on the situation, some patients will require a follow-up session(s) of sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy Treatment for Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy is usually the go to treatment for smaller varicose veins. This simple procedure can achieve exceptional results. It is quick, easy and minimally painful. The procedure is completed using a small needle to inject a sclerosant solution, in non- scientific terms, a medicine made from safe chemicals that basically cause the treated veins to shrink and close up. The recovery time is quick.
Surgical Treatment for Varicose Veins
For the few patients who are not candidates for a closure procedure or sclerotherapy, the best option may be surgery. This includes doing phlebectomies (removal of the varicose veins) using small skin incisions. These surgical procedures are performed in the operating room on an outpatient basis.