Non-invasive Vs. Minimally Invasive Long Island Vein Treatment
Posted: Jan 23, 2015
Because everyone is different, no vein care plan is created the same. The best vein doctors in Long Islandtake a patient centered approach to treating the symptoms and underlying causes of vein disease so that each patient can experience his or her best outcome that also complements the patient’s lifestyle. That is why Dr. Andrew Rochman and his team at Advanced Vein Care solutions offer the latest in minimally invasive and non-invasive Long Island vein treatment.
What do residents of Long Island, NY need to know about treating vein disease?
Over the last ten years, medical and technological advances have helped pave the way for what are now considered by Long Island vascular doctors as some of the greatest medical advances of modern time. In the past, the only recourse against problem veins was to undergo risky open surgery and face a grueling recovery period. Treatment options in use today are typically less invasive and take up much less time in and out of surgery for both the physician and the patient. These treatments offer choices to suit a patient’s goals, while boasting long-lasting results to all kinds of patients.
What do ‘non-invasive’and ‘minimally invasive’mean?
Invasiveness refers to the degree of entry required into the body to treat a condition. For example, open heart surgery involves a great deal of access to the inside of the body in order for a surgeon to operate on a heart. Traditional surgeries such as this example often require a long process that involves a lot of time, money, discomfort, and risk (infection, scarring, heavy sedation, etc.).
Minimally invasive surgery, on the other hand, requires much less access to the treatment site. In fact, many minimally invasive procedures used to treat problem veins use injections or tiny incisions that are only a few millimeters in length. These are typically in-office procedures that rely on local anesthetics and simple, yet advanced, tools and techniques that provide a level of comfort unmatched by more invasive measures. Yet even though these treatment options are easier, vein care specialists in Long Island believe them to be just as effective as or better than traditional surgery when treating vein disease in most cases.
Common types of minimally invasive treatment options include:
- injection sclerotherapy
- radiofrequency ablation
- vein laser surgery
- ambulatory phlebectomy
You might have already guessed that non-invasive treatments do not require any access to the inside of the body. Because these treatments do not involve incisions, punctures, sedation, or anything else that goes inside the body, these options are well suited to patients with milder forms of vein disease and for those who cannot undergo more invasive treatments. Instead, these gentler options provide relief that can be performed anywhere by anyone. One caveat exists with non-invasive therapies, however, and that is that even though these methods are easy and inexpensive ways to alleviate symptoms, they do not treat the underlying disease or improve the look of unsightly leg veins.
Tried and true non-invasive treatment options include:
- Taking breaks from sitting or standing too long
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
Which type of vein treatment is right for me?
To discover which treatment or treatments might be best for you, please visit our office for a venous evaluation. You can make an appointment or ask questions by calling us at 516-821-0242. Dr. Rochman and his team will be happy to help you develop a care plan for improving the look and feel of your veins.
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