Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Radiofrequency Ablation—A procedure that uses high-frequency radio waves to create intense local heat in the problem vein. The heat seals off the vein. There is little pain with RFA and typically a quicker recovery.
Phlebectomy—A minimally invasive surgery in which tiny incisions are made in the skin’s surface to remove bulging varicose veins.
Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy—A procedure involving an injection of a material that "dissolves" the damaged veins using ultrasound guidance. Other veins in the network of blood vessels take over the function of the damaged veins.
VenaSeal—This procedure involves injecting the affected vein with a medical glue. This adhesive closes off the vein and allows blood to route through other healthy veins in your leg. There is no downtime with this procedure, and you can immediately return to your normal activities. Spectrum Health Vein Center is the only provider in the region using this minimally invasive treatment.
Varithena® Chemical Ablation—Injection of Varithena® (FDA-approved medication) into problem veins seals them. Varithena fills the vein and causes it to collapse. After the vein collapses, blood flow shifts to healthier veins.
Compression Stockings—These can help with symptoms and lower the chances of the problem getting worse, but they do not cure CVI. Compression stockings help to prevent blood clots and reduce swelling in the legs.
Deep Venous Stenting—A stent, or woven polyester tube, is placed into deep veins to improve help blood flow by helping to keep the vein open.
Embolization of Pelvic Varices—Small coils are inserted into the femoral vein via catheter to clot the blood and close faulty veins in the pelvic area.
Cosmetic Sclerotherapy of Spider Veins—Injection of Asclera® (FDA-approved medication) to eliminate spider veins.
Cosmetic Laser Treatment of Spider Veins—Focused beam of energy that heats and destroys spider veins. This laser can also be used to treat stretch marks, scars and discoloration of the skin.