There are a number of methods available for individuals who need treatment for vein conditions. Some of these methods involve invasive surgery. Other treatments are not so invasive. So, the short answer to the above question is no. Vein surgery is not always invasive. In fact, the non-invasive procedures are performed much more frequently than the more invasive ones.
Varicose veins and spider veins are the two most common conditions for which vein treatments are conducted. With both of these conditions, the veins in question are visible through the skin. They can appear red, blue or purple. Varicose veins can also cause raised places on the surface under the skin. This happens because the veins become so enlarged that they cause bulging of the skin that is directly above them.
Both varicose and spider veins occur because blood has started to back up in the blood vessels. This causes the blood to pool and the veins to no longer function as they should. The basic difference between the two conditions is the size of the affected vessels. Spider veins develop in the small blood vessels that branch out from the larger ones in order to provide circulation to all parts of the body. With spider veins, the main issue caused is that of appearance. Seldom do they lead to any other health risks. The face, legs and chest are the three most likely places for spider veins to develop.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are much more common in the legs than anywhere else. Unlike spider veins, they can affect more than just appearance. They can, at times, become painful or cause other discomforts, like itching. This is more likely for individuals who spend a large portion of their day standing.
Ligation is an invasive vein surgery that is sometimes performed on the veins. Stripping is another invasive procedure, and it is sometimes performed in combination with ligation. At The Vein Center, we prefer to perform less invasive vein surgery procedures in order to ensure patient comfort.
Sclerotherapy is a less invasive treatment that has been in use for many years. It involves the injection a solution into the targeted veins to make them close off and eventually disappear. It does not usually require a hospital stay, and the person can resume normal activities right away.
Laser and radio frequency therapies are other widely used methods for treating veins. They work by using heat to destroy the targeted veins. When some of the less invasive treatments are used, the veins typically disappear over time as the body absorbs the tissue from the vessels that have been destroyed.
If you are in question over which type of vein surgery is best for you, our doctor at The Vein Center can evaluate your condition and advise you of the pros and cons as they apply in your particular situation. Our office is located in Mount Pleasant. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.