If you had a parent or grandparent that suffered from varicose veins, you may remember their surgery in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s as quite a traumatic and involved process. The good news is that technology and procedures have changed with the times and we have new treatment options that are less invasive and more effective in treating varicose veins.
A Brief History of Varicose Vein Treatment
The leading phlebologists of the 17th and early 18th centuries made multiple longitudinal incisions over the veins and then used cautery to destroy them. In 1851, the hypodermic syringe was introduced and opened new avenues of approach to the treatment of varicose veins. In the 19th century, the advent of anesthesia and antiseptic surgery advanced the treatment of varicose veins with great pace.
Several new approaches in stripping the greater saphenous vein (GSV) were introduced in the beginning of the 20th century. Before the ’80’s veins were stripped or excised from the legs, which required general or spinal anesthesia and weeks of recovery. As mentioned before, technology and procedures have changed with the times and we have new treatment options including sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation.
Does Varicose Vein Treatment Hurt?
Endovenous Ablation is the primary modern treatment method for varicose veins. It is an advanced treatment that harnesses heat energy to shut down the diseased vein. Dr. St. George of St John’s Vein Center uses a radio frequency catheter or laser fiber for this procedure. It takes less than 45 minutes, results in minimal pain, and you can even drive yourself home.
You can read more about what Dr. St. George has to say about Varicose Veins in the full interview-> Ask Dr. St George About Varicose Veins
Caring for Your Legs after Varicose Vein Treatment
One of the best things about endovenous ablation is the quick recovery time. Since an ablation is a non-invasive procedure, you are able to immediately resume your daily activities. You’re encouraged to take frequent walks and will be instructed to wear graduated compression stockings in the days or weeks following treatment. If you’re considering vein treatment, make sure you get more details on how to care for your legs after your procedure.