Varicose Vein Removal – Cost, Risks and Side Effects!

Varicose Vein Removal

Many people who are plagued with purple road maps (some complete with mountain ranges) up and down their legs do not even know that varicose vein removal is an option for them. Worse yet, they may not know that if they have very deep ones, that varicose veins home treatment may not be very effective at all. Not only is varicose vein removal possible, there are several different techniques, and each one comes with its own set of risks, rewards, and also cost.

The industry standard is still sclerotherapy, which can be considered kind of an in the doctor’s office sort of procedure. A chemical is injected into the vein, and the resulting reaction causes the vein to seal itself shut. Without blood running through, the vein starts to diminish. However, this type of varicose vein treatment will still run you a couple hundred bucks, and one visit may not do the trick. But, it carries the lowest rate of risk and side effects. It however, is really only ideal for smaller surface issues. Varicose veins laser treatment, is a whole different ballgame. Ranging in price between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars, (this price varies based on the amount of area that needs treated, and varying rates for physicians and facilities) laser therapy (also known as EVLT) works by using very strong pulses of light targeted at the nuisance veins to seal them off. This procedure can be painful, and anesthetic is often used. Additionally, of all of the removal procedures, this one can cause the most post procedure pain, but it subsides at a faster rate than the remaining surgical option. The worst side effect of this type of varicose vein removal? They can come back, often following the 2 year mark.

The remaining option for people in search of permanent varicose vein removal is vein stripping, or removal of the offending blood transporters. The cost of this surgical procedure can be anywhere from $3000 – $10,000, again depending on the amount of work to be done, and the individual rates of the people performing the work. This method tends to have a longer recovery time, but perhaps less initial post op pain. Because this process treats large, difficult veins, it is often used for people with painful varicose veins (this isn’t the “spider” treatment plan). There is a much lower risk of recurrence with this system, however bleeding, heart problems and scars are all possible side effects.

Identifying the cause of your varicose veins will often help determine the best course of treatment. Additionally, thorough diagnostic work including ultrasounds will help determine the appropriate method of treatment. Preventing varicose veins from becoming worse by incorporating lifestyle changes such as compression garments and limiting extended sitting or standing can not only help recurrences, but also the existing veins to not get any worse. This could mean easier and less invasive therapy and treatment long term.