Radiofrequency and Laser Ablation are generally considered the gold standard varicose vein treatments. However, as every case is different and every patient reacts differently to the various treatments, there is no clear cut ‘best option.’
What is clear cut is that there will be the best option for you. So, to help you make an informed decision, read on.
What are the options?
As we mentioned, there are plenty of ways to treat varicose veins. These include:
- Endovenous laser ablation, where we insert a catheter with a laser tip into your vein. Guided by ultrasound technology, we seal the varicose vein through heat energy. Your body will then reroute blood flow to nearby healthy veins and absorb the varicose one, making it ‘disappear’ in a few weeks.
- Radiofrequency ablation. This treatment follows the same principle as laser ablation. But instead of heat energy, we seal the vein through a few radiofrequency bursts.
- Medical superglue. Here, we glue the problem vein shut. We Inject a medical-grade glue into the problem vein through a syringe or a catheter (depending on the vein’s size).
- Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, we inject a sclerosant into the varicose vein. Sclerotherapy works by agitating the vein’s lining, encouraging scar tissue to form and block blood flow. Don’t worry, though. The scarring will heal.
- ClariVein. Here, we insert the ClariVein catheter to inject sclerosant deeper into your problem vein.
- Surgery is also an option, but a more gruesome one. Unlike the other treatments, surgery involves manually removing the varicose vein. As you might imagine, the procedure is a more dangerous one, and you’ll need at least a couple of weeks to recover.
Wait, what about self-care?
When it comes to varicose veins, self-care is a remedy, not a treatment. As of yet, there are no proven non-medical ways to get rid of your varicose veins. Self-care is, however, a good way to manage symptoms while you wait for treatment, minimise the chances of your varicose vein reopening after treatment, and help prevent future varicose veins from forming.
So, does any treatment cure varicose veins?
Unfortunately, no. Every available medical varicose vein treatment is a treatment, not a cure. Treatment options like Endovenous Laser Ablation and Medical Superglue are highly effective at getting rid of varicose veins, both having a success rate of over 90%. But, there is still a small chance that the varicose vein will reopen. And there’s also a chance you’ll develop a varicose vein elsewhere.
That’s why we always recommend a combination of medical treatment and at-home care steps for the best results.
How do I know which varicose vein treatment is best for me?
The best treatment option for you depends on a few factors:
- Vein size: Laser, Surgery, and Radiofrequency ablation are best suited for large varicose veins, Superglue, ClariVein, foam sclerotherapy for medium ones, and regular sclerotherapy for smaller ones.
- Allergens: as Sclerotherapy and Medical Superglue treatments involve injecting a substance, you might get an allergic reaction. So before proceeding, we’ll need to do a test to see if you’re at risk.
- Speaking of risk, some treatments carry additional ones. For example, as Laser Ablation uses heat to seal the vein, there’s a minor chance it could damage surrounding nerves, learning to numbness, tingling, or pain. Laser Ablation and superglue might also create a blood clot, which, when stuck, can disrupt blood flow. And could be dangerous if dislodged. Surgery poses the most risk, with infection, nerve damage, blood loss, and more significant clotting.
Seek expert advice
Before getting any of the above treatments, you need to talk to an expert. We offer in-depth consultations where we’ll go over your medical history, take an ultrasound scan of your legs to see how large the veins are and do an allergen test.
So if you’re ready to take the next step, call us at 1300 535 017.