varicose veins

Sclerotherapy vs. Endovenous Laser Ablation – Which is Best to Treat Your Varicose Veins?

If you suffer from varicose veins, you’ve no doubt heard of the two most common treatments available nationwide – sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation. But which is best for you? If you’re seeking relief, know that there are distinct differences between these two treatment options.

Size of the Vein Issue:

  • Liquid or foam sclerotherapy typically is used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins.
  • If you have mid-sized or large varicose veins, you may need endovenous ablation.

Procedural Differences in Vein Treatments:

The two treatments are administered very differently.

  • Sclerotherapy involves injecting a medication into affected veins, causing the vein wall to shrink, collapse and eventually fade away. Sclerotherapy may use a liquid or foam sclerant.
  • Endovenous ablation uses heat energy delivered via a laser fiber or special catheter inserted into an affected vein. This heat energy also causes the vein to collapse and ultimately disappear.

Cost Differences in Vein Treatments:

Sclerotherapy typically costs less than endovenous ablation.

Several sclerotherapy sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results. However, there may be larger veins that need treatment with endovenous ablation. These veins are deeper under the skin and need to be evaluated by ultrasound. Many patients need a combination of both therapies for complete and lasting benefit.

The only way to know which treatment option is truly best for your unique case is to visit an experienced vein specialist. Call 904.373.1237 to schedule a consultation with Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center today.

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