How effective is the varicose vein and ulcer treatment?

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I have a very bad case of varicose vein and venous leg ulcer, caused by a venous reflux, and I'm about to undergo endovenous laser ablation and other treatments to close perforating veins. My doctor said I'll be impressed with the outcome and I'm curious what other patients are saying about it. What treatments did you get?


F, 63, New Jersey

I think you are going to be happy with the result. I had endovenous laser ablation last year, but I had a sclerotherapy procedure along with it. Apparently the laser treated all the big veins, and all my small spidery veins were treated the other way. I am still amazed at how fast the procedure was. Three hours after they started the procedure, I was ready to go home with just a bandage around my legs and no real pain or symptoms. I did have some bruising and swelling for a few days, though. After years of trying to keep my legs covered and feeling embarrassed, the varicose veins are finally gone, and I haven't had any return. A woman I know had the same procedures, and her veins were even worse than mine. She did have a few eventually come back but nothing near what she had before, and she ended up having the procedure again to deal with them.

I think you are going to be very satisfied with the result. I was very skeptical before my sclerotherapy procedure which is where they inject chemicals into the varicose veins to cause a clot which then closes the vein. I even had to get the foam sclerotherapy injections for my huge veins. This is similar to the laser procedure that you are having, but that's even less invasive because they use lasers instead of needles. It took a few weeks, but 6 weeks out from the procedure, all my noticeable varicose veins were gone. If you really look hard, there are still a few very faintly visible deep veins, but I would definitely call it a success. One of the best things about the procedure is that they could do mine right in the office, and there was no recovery time necessary. The only thing I had to do was wear compression stockings for a couple weeks afterwards.

I, unfortunately, had both venous leg ulcers and huge varicose veins as a result of working in a sedentary state 10 hours a day affecting my blood flow. I also had leg pain, which didn't subside until after I retired. I went to my doctor, who recommended both compression and elevation treatment for both the ulcer and the varicose veins. These remedies were effective more so for the ulcer healing, which began to disappear after a few months. However, I had numerous varicose veins, and the two treatments would have taken over a year to work. I eventually underwent the endovenous laser treatment for my venous disease. The procedure is minimally invasive; a laser is used to close the veins. I had very little scarring and saw results within a week. I think the combination of all these treatments greatly contributed to my healing. More drastic measures like traditional invasive surgery seem to be less necessary these days.

I had varicose veins and a leg ulcer on my inner leg, right above my knee. It was a painful, medical condition that I could not ignore. My doctor said that there were several treatment options available to deal with this. We had to take a two-pronged approach. We needed to treat the underlying causes of the ulcer and treat the venous ulcer. To treat the veins, the cause of the ulcer, I underwent endovenous laser ablation. During this procedure, laser light to collapse the damaged leg veins. Then we worked on treating the wound, ulcer. To treat the ulcer, I had to go through treatments that helped to improve my circulation. These activities included walking and compression therapy. These procedures were highly effective and delivered amazing results. My skin and venous leg ulcer healed after invoking these procedures.