Invasive varicose vein surgery is usually necessary to repair severely damaged veins. But how do you know if your varicose veins have progressed that far?
Fortunately, there are many types of varicose vein surgery. These types range from minimally invasive to invasive, which most vein doctors will recommend first. They may even recommend conservative steps like wearing compression stockings or losing weight before even considering minimally invasive or invasive surgical treatment procedures.
What’s the Difference Between Invasive and Minimally Invasive Vein Surgery?
A minimally invasive varicose vein surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under a small amount of local anesthetics. It usually involves making small incisions to allow access to the damaged vein. Doctors will then use the incision to insert a small catheter. This is used to give access to a laser, radiowave, foam, or sclerosant solution being used to treat the vein.
Minimally invasive vein procedures are usually completed in under an hour. They often only require a small bandage over the incision area.
On the other end of the spectrum is invasive varicose vein surgery. This type of procedure is much more intense and is used to completely remove a damaged vein from the body. General anesthesia is often required and recovery time is substantially longer. Roughly 10% of severe varicose vein cases result in invasive vein surgeries.
That is why early detection and treatment are so important.
If you have symptoms of varicose veins such as enlarged veins that are bluish or purplish in color, you may want to consider seeing a vein specialist.
Other signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:
Itchiness around the affected site
Feeling of heaviness on the legs
A throbbing sensation on the lower extremities
Worsening pain after sitting or standing for a long time
Call Grand Junction Vein Center at 970-242-VEIN (8346) today to set up an appointment if you are concerned about your veins. You may be avoiding a more serious condition down the road.