There are several procedures that can be performed to treat varicose veins. Your surgeon will help determine which is most appropriate in your case.
Radiofrequency Ablation: This is a procedure that is performed in the office. A small catheter is inserted into a vein in the leg. Saline is then injected around the vein to protect the surrounding tissues. Lidocaine is also injected to numb the leg. The catheter is then turned on to melt the vein from the inside. This closes the vein so that blood can not back up and cause symptoms anymore.
Phlebectomy or Cluster Excision: This is a procedure that is also performed in the office and can be done alone or in addition to radiofrequency ablation. Tiny incisions are made into the skin and the vein is removed.
Sclerotherapy: This is performed to treat "spider veins" or small varicose veins that are causing symptoms. A tiny needle is used to inject the vein with medicine that will cause it to close and stop filling with blood.