Varicose Vein Treatment

5 Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Varicose veins are a relatively common occurrence. It is estimated that this medical condition affects one in four women and one in six men globally. Yet, those who suffer from it, don’t often seek varicose vein treatment, or wait until it becomes seriously problematic before seeking help.

Why should a patient seek varicose vein treatment?

The appearance of this condition can be associated with a rage of conditions and consequences, ranging from purely cosmetic to potentially life threatening. The more serious conditions include blood clots and an elevated risk to develop ulcers. It can also be responsible for significant pain, cramps, restless legs, swelling and tired/heavy muscles.

Even when not leading to further medical complications, the unsightly appearance of varicose veins are also very often a cause of embarrassment and low self esteem for many patients.


Varicose vein treatment options

Depending on the severity and cause of varicose veins, there are a number of possible treatment options available:

  1. Sonar Guided – This is a non-surgical procedure that makes use of a vascular sonar to identify the veins that require treatment, and can help to identify the underlying cause.
  1. Phlebectomy – In the case of particularly prominent veins, a skin prick no bigger than an injection puncture is made, through which the vein is lifted with the use of ultra-fine instruments and tied off.
  1. The Button Ligation Method – This procedure has been pioneered by The Gibson Vein Practice. The problematic veins are identified and injected with glue, known as sclerosant. The affected veins are tied off using a button to prevent recurrence.
  1. Sclerotherapy – This method involves the injection of an agent into the affected veins, which causes the relevant veins to become “sticky”. This leads to the affected veins shrinking, and they are slowly dissolved or broken down by your body.
  1. Endovenous Laser – Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is performed under local anaesthesia. Under sterile conditions and with Ultrasound Guidance, a guided wire is inserted through a needle, after which a double Lumen 5 French catheter is inserted over the guide wire. A Micron Laser Fibre is then inserted, and the wire and catheter is removed before the laser is slowly withdrawn.

For more information on the treatment of Varicose veins, contact Dr Stewart Gibson at The Gibson Vein Practice in Port Elizabeth. He has specialised in the treatment of this condition and has performed over 20 000 successful treatments over the last 20 years.