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Which varicose vein treatments have the shortest recovery time?

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The recovery time is not what one should be considering when choosing a treatment for varicose veins. The consideration should be which procure is the best to treat a particular type of abnormality. Recovery generally is very quick from the vast majority of treatments for varicose veins. You need to discuss with your physician the reasons for a particular choice which applies best to your unique circumstances.

Saphenous vein ablations which go by either EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) or EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) or RFA (radiofrequency vein ablation) and sclerotherapy have the shortest recovery time. Vein stripping has the longest recovery period.

Most people go back to work the same day.

First, you need a full evaluation including ultrasound by a board certified vascular surgeon who specializes in treating varicose veins. This will determine if there is underlying saphenous reflux. If this is present, endovenous laser ablation is the most effective treatment with a day or two before resuming to most activities. The surface varicose veins can be removed at the same time with microphlebectomy (tiny incisions through which segments of vein are removed). These are office based procedures using local anesthesia. No hospitals, surgery centers needed. Walk in, walk out. With symptoms such as heaviness, pain, cramping, skins changes this is covered by most insurance plans.

Anything minimally invasive has a short recovery time. These would include endovenous thermal ablation, clarivein, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and microphlebectomies. A physician can determine what the best treatment is for you.

The best choice of vein treatments would depend on the type of vein problems that you have. The treatment for varicose veins would be different than for smaller veins. In general, vein treatments are all office based with no real recovery time as you return to your normal activities including exercise immediately after a vein treatment. The veins will typically fade from view over a period of about four to six weeks.

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