Varicose Veins, Chronic Venous Insufficiency Treatment
Depending on the severity of varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, Temple's vascular surgeons may recommend compression stockings or a variety of surgical techniques to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
Treatments for varicose veins include:
- Compression stockings — These tight-fitting elastic stockings squeeze the superficial veins in the leg, preventing reverse blood flow and blood pooling.
- Sclerotherpy — During sclerotherapy, a Temple vascular surgeon injects a special chemical into the varicose veins. The chemical scars the inside of the veins so that blood can no longer pool inside them. The scarred veins are eventually absorbed into the body.
- Ablation — During this procedure, a Temple vascular surgeon inserts a heated catheter into the varicose veins to destroy vein tissue. The damaged veins are then absorbed into the body.
- Laser treatments — Similar to ablation, a Temple vascular surgeon destroys varicose veins with a tiny laser-equipped fiber.
- Vein stripping — In this procedure, a Temple vascular surgeon disconnects the varicose veins from the saphenous vein—the blood vessel that supplies blood to the varicose veins. The saphenous vein is then surgically removed to permanently prevent blood from reaching the varicose veins.
Treatments for CVI include:
- Compression garments
- Vein stripping
To schedule an appointment with a Temple vascular surgeon, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).