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varicose vein treatments injections etc...anyone have experience good or bad..thanks

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    varicose vein treatments injections etc...anyone have experience good or bad..thanks

    looking for some treatment that will be satisfactory just above and adjacent to the knee inside.

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    A couple years ago I had the following treatments for varicose veins of various sizes in both legs, some of which were large, lumpy and very painful:

    EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)


    The Endovenous Laser Treatment (or Ablation) procedure is performed in the doctor's office under local anesthesia. This procedure closes the abnormal saphenous veins. These are the same veins that were previously treated with surgical stripping

    With ultrasound guidance, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a tiny incision in the calf and advanced to the top of the vein. After placement of local anesthetic around the vein, the laser is activated, which delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. The vein will then disappear over 6-12 months.
    Patients are able and required to walk immediately after the procedure, and most patients return to work the next day. Following treatment, patients wear prescription-strength compression stockings for three weeks.
    In some cases, other treatments, including ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous chemical ablation, are used in combination with endovenous laser ablation to achieve the best possible results.

    Endovenous Chemical Ablation*


    Also known as ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous chemical ablation is another treatment method for the elimination of varicose veins. This procedure targets and eliminates varicose veins that are hidden from the naked eye and only seen by ultrasound.
    Here, a chemical irritant, called a sclerosant, is injected into the vein while the doctor observes the injection process on the ultrasound screen. The sclerosant damages the lining of the vein wall collapses the vein and eventually leads to the body reabsorbing the destroyed vein. The sclerosant can come in a liquid or foam form.
    Patients are required to walk immediately after the procedure and return to your normal activity that same day. Following treatment, patients wear prescription-strength compression stockings for three weeks.

    Ambulatory Phlebectomy


    Ambulatory Phlebectomy, 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. Once healed, they are rarely visible.
    Bruising will occur and will take a few weeks to go away. A compression stocking is worn for 3 weeks after the procedure.


    The procedures are all done in the doctor's office (a certified varicose vein specialist) and were not really painful at all. Mildly uncomfortable a couple of times, but no more. I had a good, easy recovery -- actually you just go on about your business and it all heals up just fine. He did one leg at a time, a few days apart.

    The procedures were covered by my Medicare Advantage plan and I had a total out-of-pocket cost of $100. This covered the ultrasound scans on my legs and the procedures.

    It really wasn't a big deal at all. My only caveat is to be sure you find a doctor who really knows what he is doing with vascular stuff. The doctor who did mine is certified by
    the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

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    My (late) wife used to get them but they hurt like hell for a few minutes.

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    I relied but sent it to mars looks like...sorry will give it another shot later --
    thank you very much very helpful to me.

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    Thank you for putting that together for me and putting me somewhat at ease ..I am getting older and this is part of it apparently ...that doesn't mean I have to like or to accept it ..so fix it and keep rolling with my exercise program-- finding a doctor is always always the challenge-- all are not created equal--Thank you so much......appreciate it...

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    more...mine seems to bother me more at times than other times...must be normal ..it is rather recent anyway but something I want to address sooner rather than later--

    Would seem that given the time and proper supplements, diet, exercise, etc, that new blood routes would develop to compensate for the loss of blood supply by shutting down a vein etc. does that go along with your understanding.?? and again ...still, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paxtonstafford View Post
    more...mine seems to bother me more at times than other times...must be normal ..it is rather recent anyway but something I want to address sooner rather than later--

    Would seem that given the time and proper supplements, diet, exercise, etc, that new blood routes would develop to compensate for the loss of blood supply by shutting down a vein etc. does that go along with your understanding.?? and again ...still, thank you.
    Yes. That what I was told (about the new blood routes). I haven't had any trouble with the old ones recurring, though I do think I see a couple new ones coming on. I wouldn't have bothered to do it for cosmetic purposes like some people do, but in my case they were worried about possible clots forming, especially in the very large one on my inner thigh.

    The information I posted was from my doc's website. I think it all sounds kinda scary, but it really wasn't a big deal (and I am the Great Chickenheart). For me, the worst part of the whole thing was lying on one side because I have a screwed up shoulder (but they figured out a bunch of rolled up towels and so on to take most of the pressure off).

    Years ago, surgery for varicose veins was a very big deal, but not so anymore. You really should check into it if they are hurting. You don't want clots.

    The doc I saw was recommended by my PCP, but I bet you could search the net for a good one in your area that your insurance would cover.

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    Several years ago, one of my friends who is a nurse had some of her leg veins stripped and it caused major complications. I don't know exactly what happened, but years later she still complains that the quack doctor ruined her legs.

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