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Past Present & Future

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Varicose veins are common and their management has undergone a number of changes.  How about a brief history lesson on varicose vein treatment?

THE PAST

Surgery was the standard treatment option in the past.  You probably remember the stories you heard from a grandmother or great aunt about her “vein stripping.”  And that’s why many people suffered with their veins rather than get treatment.   Surgical removal of varicose veins required a hospital stay, a fair amount of pain and bruising, and an extended recovery period.  Not a pretty picture.

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THE PRESENT

Towards the 21st century, new endovenous thermal ablation techniques  (commonly known as Venus Closure) were introduced which revolutionized varicose vein treatment.   Patients could now have a 30 minute procedure in the doctor’s office and return to work and activity the same day.  The procedure only requires a needle stick instead of major surgery.  Definitely a dramatic improvement over the traditional surgical treatment methods used in the past. 

In the last two years, another treatment entered the varicose vein treatment scene:  Varithena.  Varithena is a foam sclerotherapy which travels up the vein and destroys the diseased vein, so the blood can travel to one of the healthy veins.  This is particularly effective for larger, tortuous (twisting) veins. 

Both of these treatments are recognized as standard of care varicose vein treatment and are covered by insurance.

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THE FUTURE

Vena Seal is a new gluing product that has been recently developed.  It is inserted into the diseased vein by a cathether.  It takes its inspiration from the Closure procedure, but does not involve a laser or the anesthetic that is pumped into the vein with the Closure procedure.  The vein is merely glued shut.  Clinical trials are showing results equal to the Closure/thermal ablation procedure.  Our office is certified in this very newest technique and offers it.  The FUTURE part of this treatment is that currently it is not covered by insurance, but we anticipate that within the next two years it will be recognized by insurance as a standard, acceptable procedure.

Mechanical chemical ablation is in research and trial stage.  A tiny thread-like wire rotates in the vein  while simultaneously a sclerotherapy solution is pumped into the vein.  Initial results show that this is not painful at all and could be valuable in certain cases.  It is not available at this time but is on the horizon.

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At Vein & Skin, we are pleased to be able to offer all these options to our patients so that our patients will be comfortable with their upcoming procedure and not only satisfied, but delighted, with their results.  So don’t put off varicose vein treatment.  You can do it; it will be ok! 

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