How are Ropey (visible) Varicose Veins Treated?
Treatment of ropey varicose veins may require one or more combinations of the following: Endovenous Laser Ablation, Injection Sclerotherapy (including Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Catheter Assisted Sclerotherapy) and Microphlebectomy.
Large bulging veins that appear on the skin surface as ropey veins are frequently a major branch of a deeper (inside the leg) saphenous vein, such as the Great Saphenous Vein, which is often, but not always, involved. Ultrasound testing is frequently necessary to determine the level of involvement. If the saphenous vein is involved, it would likely need to be sealed first using Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). This step in itself is sometimes enough to “shrink” the bulging vein. Any remaining unsightly veins may be either closed with sclerotherapy (using medication to seal the vein) or sections of the bulging veins may be removed by microphlebectomy. Unlike vein stripping, microphlebectomy is a simple, out-patient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Using very fine instruments, sections of unwanted veins are carefully removed through tiny openings without the need of sutures and with minimal risk of scarring. Treatments may be staged (occur on separate days) or a combination of treatments may be performed on the same day if recommended by your Phlebologist.
Now you may be able to get rid of the unsightly ropey varicose veins during your lunch break (and start looking for that pair of shorts you thought you could never wear!).
Learn more about Alsara Vein Clinic treatment options on our Varicose Vein Laser Treatments page.