Treating Varicose Veins
For foam sclerotherapy, your doctor injects varicose veins with a solution (or foam) that closes the veins. Using ultrasound to guide the injection dramatically improves effectiveness and safety of the procedure. As an added advantage, the foam may also spread into other varicose branches, decreasing the necessity of more treatments.
Advantages: Doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor’s office.
Disadvantages: Rare allergic reaction to sclerosant.
Price Range: $$
For thermal ablation, this procedures that use a heat source. In these procedures, laser or radiofrequency (RF) fiber is passed into the veins and the veins are burnt from the inside.
Advantages: Slightly more effective than ultrasound guided foam injections.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for twisted or more superficial veins. The heat of these procedures can also cause nerve and skin damage.
Price Range: $$$$
Vein stripping is a surgical procedure that removes varicose veins from the legs or thighs.
Advantages: Effective for severe cases.
Disadvantages: Very traumatic procedure requiring an anesthetic and usually performed in a hospital. There is also downtime with the highest complication rate.
Price Range: Covered by MSP.