Vein doctors base their vein treatment recommendations on your individual needs. In general, if your symptoms are mild, and don’t include leg pain, your vein specialist may begin treating you with specific lifestyle adjustments and compression stockings. When symptoms are more serious, your vein surgeon will typically recommend a minimally invasive procedure such as sclerotherapy or laser vein treatments.
Lifestyle Changes for Vein HealthIf you can incorporate these healthier habits into your life, you may eliminate your mild ankle swelling from varicose veins, and lower the risk of future varicose veins:
- Exercise daily. Your vein surgeon may recommend focusing on lower impact exercise such as swimming, walking, biking, etc. (Do not begin or significantly change your exercise program without consulting our vein specialist or your family physician.)
- Reach and/or maintain a healthy weight.
- Change positions often and avoid sitting (or standing) still for hours. Switch often between sitting, standing and walking throughout the day.
- Elevate your legs whenever possible.
Vein Treatments for Leg PainVein disease symptoms that disrupt your life, like leg pain, muscle cramping, restless legs, itching, or skin sores are more serious and require minimally invasive vein treatment. In addition to examining you, learning your specific symptoms and medical history, our vascular surgeon may order or conduct an ultrasound exam. The ultrasound requires no advance preparation on your part, is completely painless and uses no radiation. Sound waves are used to create an image of your veins and the flow of blood to reveal any blockages and precisely locate areas for treatment.
Vein Treatment Options in Las VegasVaricose veins can be eliminated with the following minimally invasive, outpatient (in-office) treatments or variations thereof. In many cases, both sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments may be used on the same patient, for different vein locations and sizes. Treatment options include:
- Sclerotherapy: Tiny spider veins and small varicose veins can be effectively treated with carefully placed injections of a sclerosant chemical. This irritates the diseased vein, causing it to collapse and fade away over time. The body effectively reabsorbs the collapsed venous tissue.
- Endovenous laser ablation (EVLT): This laser vein procedure collapses diseased veins with heat. Your vein doctor inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein (guided by ultrasound imaging) and the laser energy seals the vein. Blood flow is rerouted in other nearby veins and circulation quickly improves.