If you’ve avoided consulting with a vein specialist because you’re nervous that it’s the same very invasive, painful varicose vein removal procedure your mom or grandma had years ago, we have great news for you! While hospital-based vein stripping surgery was the most common treatment protocol used to treat patients with bulging varicose veins for years, your options have increased and dramatically improved over the last 15+ years.
Thanks to advances in medical technology and improved treatment options in recent years, varicose veins are easier to treat than ever before, and with much less discomfort and recovery time! Before 2000, vein stripping was the preferred method for treating the most common cause of vein disease – saphenous venous reflux. The procedure required general anesthesia and treatment at the hospital with significant pain afterwards. New techniques allow treatment under local anesthesia which can be performed in the comfort of the office. Local anesthesia means that there are a few shots to numb the affected areas, but this is well tolerated by patients. After procedures, patients are immediately sent on a walk around our neighborhood. Following any procedure, we recommend only pain medications such as ibuprofen. Narcotic medications (such as morphine, Percocet, Vicodin) are not needed.
EndoVenous Laser Ablation
Vein stripping is now a thing of the past. Those veins that were previously treated with stripping are now closed with a laser. In Endovenous Laser Ablation, a long thin laser fiber is placed inside of the vein to be treated. The laser tip is positioned very precisely. Then, local anesthetic is injected along the length of the vein to numb the vein. As the laser is fired, it is slowly pulled back through the vein to burn and close the vein which is then is reabsorbed by the body over the course of months. Patients are typically sore in the treated area for a couple of weeks, but as mentioned above, the discomfort is managed with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy To Remove Bulging Veins
Ambulatory Phlebectomy, also referred to as micro-phlebectomy, or “hook” phlebectomy, is a micro-extraction procedure used to remove bulging varicose veins, both large and small, that are close to the surface through very small (1/16 – 1/8 inch) micro-incisions. The micro-incisions are so small that they seldom require a stitch. The incisions heal nicely and scars are typically invisible after 1 year. Both the laser closure and the subsequent ambulatory phlebectomies are performed right in our Albuquerque vein clinic under tumescent local anesthesia. Small steri-strips are used to close the micro-incisions, offering a quick recovery. Most patients return to work immediately, but do need to follow a recovery protocol. (link to blog about vein treatment recovery – https://www.albuquerquevein.com/is-there-downtime-after-varicose-vein-treatment/)
“Walk In, Walk Out” Varicose Vein Treatment
At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, Dr. Robert Cutchen offers the latest in minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, which is performed right in the comfort and convenience of his office! Treatments require just local anesthesia and are performed via the tiniest of punctures that heal quickly.
- No surgery center
- No hospital
- No general anesthesia
Take the Next Step
If you would like to learn more about our varicose vein procedures, please call our office at 505-848-8346 today to schedule a full consultation or free vein screening, or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.
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