The treatment of varicose veins has historically involved a surgical procedure where the patients are hospitalized, a general anesthetic is used, and discrete or specific cuts are made in the leg to allow the surgeon to literally pull or strip the larger veins out of a leg that are responsible for the development of these varicosities. Recovery time for these procedures has been 2-3 weeks.
Modern Varicose Vein Treatment
With the ushering in of the 21st century and its attendant technology, we’ve pretty much removed the necessity for a surgical approach to these medical problems. These days we use high technology with ultrasound to map out the specific segments of veins that are not working properly, and limited, non-invasive procedures are used. Small tubes called catheters are used under local anesthesia to literally close the veins and leave them in place when they’re not functioning properly. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 2-3 days.
Click on the link to learn more about the non-invasive varicose vein treatments we provide at Bunker Vein & Imaging Center, or contact us at (512) 726-0599 for a free screening. We have two locations in the greater Austin area: in Westlake and Round Rock.
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