Varicose and spider veins are very common in the general community. There are three common types, which are frequently seen in combination. ‘Spider veins’ are the finest and are usually fed by larger ‘Reticular veins’, which are under the skin. “Varicose veins’ are the largest, often bulge above the skin surface and are normally due to a weakness in the vein wall. There are many symptoms associated with varicose veins, which include heaviness, burning, aching, stinging, restless legs and legs cramps.
It is generally well known that spider veins are being successfully treated with injection sclerotherapy. However in the past surgery was the only method for the treatment of varicose veins. Time has proven the varicose vein surgery is plagued with a higher incidence of complications when compared to newer non-surgical treatment methods.
At Vein Clinic only non-surgical methods are used for treatment of abnormal veins. These include:
1. Injection microsclerotherapy – reserved for the treatment of small veins, including spider veins.
2. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy – reserved for treatment of small to medium sized veins including hidden and bulging varicose veins.
3. Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) – is reserved for treatment of large hidden veins that in past required surgical stripping.
To achieve the best results some patients will require a combination of the above treatment methods.