More than twelve million people suffer from varicose veins. From stripping and phlebectomy to laser, there is always a technique to treat them. Nearly two hundred thousand strippings are performed each year. This surgical procedure, which consists of removing the main vein from the leg (saphenous vein) has improved. Nowadays, there is reduced hospitalization time (48 hours most often), possibility of local, regional or epidural anesthesia.

Patients will notice discreet scars thanks to the preoperative markings performed on the leg by the operator. This procedure is performed by a vascular surgeon. Two incisions are performed, one at the top in the groin and one at the bottom at the ankle to ligate the vein at both ends. The wires are removed on the eighth day, three to four weeks off work are expected and exposure of the leg to the sun is prohibited for six weeks.

This recent technique allows practitioners to remove the varicose without removing it. Under ultrasound control, a tube is slipped into the diseased vein by a thin incision. Then, the operator deploys the electrodes and heats the venous wall over the entire area to be treated: the vein retracts before closing completely. Local anesthesia is necessary because the high-frequency current used brings the temperature inside the vein to 85 degrees Celsius.

The majority of patients return to work forty-eight hours later provided they do not remain standing for long periods.

Phlebectomy – Houston Varicose Vein Treatment provides a number of techniques to treat the condition, super glue varicose vein treatment, and phlebectomy. The latter method is especially indicated for the treatment of superficial and moderate varicose veins. By several micro-incisions, practiced along the sick vein, the practitioner passes a hook and extirpates it segment by segment.

This procedure does not give good aesthetic results in some patients. It is better to avoid it if the skin does not heal well. Only local anesthesia is necessary. Phlebectomy is performed frequently and can complement other treatment methods to eradicate the varicose disease. It can be performed either by the angiologist or the vascular surgeon.

The endovenous laser

It involves sclerosing the diseased veins by sliding inside an optical fiber that delivers a laser beam of a precise wavelength. This is calculated to be absorbed by hemoglobin from the blood and the venous wall, which avoids the risk of turning around. Under the effect of heat, the vein retracts. In the following days, varicose veins located upstream disappear too. The treated vein is a little inflamed, hard, and reversible pigmentation can also appear on the superficial veins.

Advantages: little or no scarring, little tingling and reduced risk of recurrence because the action causes little inflammation. Local, regional or epidural anesthesia is necessary (it heats). 24-hour surveillance in the hospital is advised. Non-traumatic, the laser becomes a real alternative to surgery (stripping) because even large varicose veins can be treated.