Technically, varicose veins cannot be permanently cured. The condition that causes them, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI, does permanent damage to the valves that control the flow of blood back to the heart and lungs.
Currently there is no way to repair the vein using a microscopic scalpel. In the same way you might fix the faulty valve on a water pump. Additionally there are no proven natural, or pharmaceutical solutions to reverse the damage caused by CVI. Veins that have become varicose due to CVI are permanently damaged.
How do vein doctors remove varicose veins?
A decade ago, the only way to remove varicose veins was a surgical process called vein stripping. And it is as onerous as the name implies. It involves a couple of days in hospital, general anesthetic and a long, painful recovery time.
These days vein stripping is rarely done. Doctors at The Vein Institute use gentle, minimally invasive methods to insert a tiny catheter into the veins. Then either laser, or radiofrequency, are used to close and collapse the vein.
This process is extremely safe. When a vein is closed, neighbouring veins take over routing deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs. The now-closed veins are naturally absorbed by surrounding tissue and will disappear over a period of weeks.
Your overall circulation improves when varicose veins are removed. This is because the one-way blood flow that good health depends on, has been restored.
If you’re looking for non-surgical options to treat the symptoms of varicose veins, there are a variety of options available at The Vein Institute Shop.
How we treat varicose veins at The Vein Institute
First we perform a full medical examination, using state-of-the-art venous duplex ultrasound. This determines the cause and severity of the varicose veins.
The unpleasant symptoms of small varicose veins can generally be managed by making simple lifestyle changes. Such as frequent exercise, healthy eating and wearing compression stockings to improve circulation. But none of these provide a permanent solution, and none eliminate the swollen veins to improve appearance.
For a more permanent solution, our doctors will recommend a number of treatment options.
One is a technique called ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, where we insert a tiny catheter into a varicose vein. It is then injected with a sealant that makes the walls of the vein stick to each other and collapse.
Another technique is called radiofrequency ablation, which uses the heat of radiofrequency waves to close diseased veins.
The Vein Institute were also one of the Australian pioneers of a non-surgical technique called medical superglue. Medical adhesive is safely and effectively used to close varicose veins.
Not sure if you have varicose veins or spider veins? Try our vein self-assessment tool.
All of the methods cited above are “walk in, walk out” performed in the comfort of our clinic. They take under an hour and require little recovery time. To find out more, give us a call at 1300 535 017. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the varicose vein treatment that is best for you.