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Are Varicose Vein Treatments Permanent?

Varicose Vein Treatments

Varicose Vein Treatments

There are multiple treatment options for enlarged, tortuous veins, commonly referred to as varicose veins, or varicosities. Varicose veins are symptoms of venous insufficiency and while ugly and sometimes painful, NOT life-threatening or dangerous. Treatment options include injection Sclerotherapy, foam Sclerotherapy, laser ablation, microphlebectomy and vein stripping. Conservative treatment, or the non-surgical approach, includes the different kinds of Sclerotherapy.

The surgical options include ablation, phlebectomy and stripping. When selecting your physician, it’s best to choose one who can provide all of the treatment options available. This will assure you that you are getting the treatment that is best suited for you. On the other hand, you choose a doctor who only performs some of the options; you don’t have the same confidence that you are getting the absolute best treatment available.

Varicose vein treatments are permanent solutions but on a temporary basis! With Sclerotherapy and foam Sclerotherapy, the veins are permanently treated yet the treatment can’t prevent new veins from occurring in the future. Most patients with varicose veins are genetically predisposed to the problem and will always develop new veins. These new veins might appear soon after treatment or they may appear years later – or anytime in between. It is almost always a given that they will appear at some point in time. Once patients are initially treated, they come back for “touch ups” to keep the problem at bay.

The laser ablation, microphlebectomy and vein stripping are also permanent treatment options.  In these procedures, the vein is either ablated or surgically removed so it cannot return. However, these big veins might have been hiding smaller veins, or spider veins. Once again, even though the larger veins are gone, smaller ones might appear at any time after. Sclerotherapy can be utilized to resolve the problem.

So answering the question “Are varicose vein treatments permanent?” is a tricky one. In all honesty the answer is “yes”, but it is unfair not to point out the genetic component, which means you very well might get more veins – different veins – but more nonetheless.