3. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA): Endovenous laser ablation, also known as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to treat varicose veins. A small incision is made, and a thin laser fiber is inserted into the affected vein. The laser emits heat, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Blood flow is then rerouted to healthier veins, relieving symptoms.
4. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Radiofrequency ablation is another minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. Similar to EVLA, a small incision is made, and a catheter is inserted into the vein. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy, which heats the vein and causes it to collapse. As a result, blood flow is redirected to healthier veins.
5. VenaSeal: VenaSeal is a relatively new treatment option for varicose veins that utilizes a medical adhesive to close off the affected vein. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the vein, and the adhesive is injected. The adhesive seals the vein, preventing blood from flowing through it. VenaSeal does not require the use of heat or tumescent anesthesia, and patients can immediately return to their regular activities.
6. ClariVein: ClariVein is a specialized treatment that combines mechanical and chemical methods to treat varicose veins. A small catheter with a rotating tip is inserted into the vein, and a sclerosant is simultaneously infused while the catheter is slowly withdrawn. The rotation of the catheter helps disperse the sclerosant, ensuring even distribution within the vein. ClariVein is a safe and effective option for treating varicose veins.
7. Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Ambulatory phlebectomy, also known as microphlebectomy, is a surgical procedure used to remove superficial varicose veins through tiny incisions. After administering local anesthesia, small punctures are made along the affected vein. The vein is then gently removed using a special hook. Ambulatory phlebectomy is often performed in conjunction with other treatments to remove larger varicose veins.