Why We Don’t Do Vein Stripping: Alternative Methods for Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are unsightly and may make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable with symptoms such as aching, burning or itching.

But if you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. The bulging or twisted veins that make you look much older than you are have been plaguing people since at least 1550 BCE.

Today, varicose veins are common medical conditions that affect both men and women. Often caused by damaged veins close to the surface of your skin, varicose veins are often accompanied by other vein problems, such as spider veins or venous insufficiency. Fortunately, you can find proven, effective treatments for varicose veins at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey.

While traditional methods for removing varicose veins — like vein stripping — work, they’re much more invasive than today’s alternative methods. Newer treatments for removing varicose veins are much less painful and severe than vein stripping, which used to be the go-to surgical treatment. Today’s treatment options have become ubiquitous and even more effective than ever, especially when performed by an experienced vein doctor such as Dr. Dmitry Gorelik.

The Risks and Complications of Vein Stripping

Vein stripping is a surgical procedure. It’s still sometimes used, but only if your varicose veins are large and you’ve had them for a while. For this procedure, you’re given general anesthesia to put you under completely or a sedative with local anesthesia. Because of the anesthesia risks, this operation is done in the hospital or in an ambulatory surgical center outfitted with emergency equipment.

Once you’re sedated, the vein specialist or surgeon makes small incisions on both sides of the problem vein. Then the doctor accesses the damaged vein to either remove it or tie it off. Although it’s usually a low-risk form of surgery, there are still some risks and potential complications associated with it, including:

 The development of an infection

 The formation of a clot in the vein

 Irritation of the nerves near the treated area

 An allergic reaction to the anesthesia

You may experience pain and bruising at the site of the incision, but you may need up to three weeks to recover from the procedure. There’s also a chance you may end up with scars from the incisions. Because of these risks, alternative varicose vein treatments are usually a better choice. Talk to Dr. Gorelik about your options.

Alternative Varicose Vein Treatments

Varicose vein treatments usually start with a conservative approach, meaning that the initial treatments are going to be things like lifestyle changes and at-home practices. Once your NJ vein specialist determines the cause and severity of your condition, he may recommend that you first try:

 Elevating your legs whenever possible during the day

 Exercising regularly with non-impact routines

 Wearing compression stockings as advised

 Avoiding standing or sitting in one position for long periods of time

Newer treatments are minimally invasive or even non-invasive approaches.

These procedures can often prevent the need to surgically remove a vein. Alternative varicose vein treatments that have surpassed vein stripping include:

 Laser treatment specifically for the smaller spider veins

 Sclerotherapy for spider veins and for varicose veins

 Endovenous laser ablation

 Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

 Ambulatory phlebotomy

Advantages of Alternative Varicose Vein Treatments

Your northern NJ vein doctor doesn’t offer vein stripping because of its inherent risk of potential complications. Since there are so many other forms of varicose vein treatments available today, Dr. Gorelik looks beyond vein stripping to the more modern techniques. The newer treatments:

 Can be done on an outpatient basis

 Take less time to complete

 Are much safer than vein stripping

 Produce fewer side effects

 Carry fewer risks of complications than vein stripping

 Require much less downtime

With all the choices for alternative varicose vein treatments, the wish to avoid surgery doesn’t need to hold you back from seeking treatment for unsightly or uncomfortable veins. Don’t ignore your varicose veins if they’re causing you embarrassment or discomfort.

Get Expert Care of Your Vein Problems

If you’re considering varicose vein treatment for either cosmetic reasons or to relieve discomfort, talk to an expert in the field. Set up a vein consultation with Dr. Dmitri Gorelik in northern New Jersey to find out the best form of treatment for you. He can narrow down the options, based on your condition.

But the first step is a consultation with Dr. Gorelik. Afterward, you’re given a firm diagnosis and a clear picture of your many options. He recommends the most appropriate form of alternative varicose vein treatments that’s right for you. You can look better, feel better and prevent potential complications by having your problem veins addressed at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey.

Call for an appointment today!



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