How does an interventional radiologist treat varicose veins?  

How does an interventional radiologist treat varicose veins?  

Vascular treatments are among those treatments where it is important for an individual to research properly before they move forward to it. When you are approaching vein specialist there will be certain terms link up with the varicose veins treatment that will confuse you.

Hence you need to understand these terms and then conclude whether you are ready to move for it or not. When you are visiting the interventional radiologist he will suggest everything in detail. But due to a lack of knowledge in medical aspects, it becomes difficult for you to understand it. Here we will be going to discuss what an interventional radiologist will do during the procedure.

Who is an interventional radiologist?

An interventional radiologist is an experienced physician who knows how to utilize the imaging kindness for diagnosing a problem. He will come up with minimally invasive procedures to treat the problem. Moreover, it is quite interesting to understand that they treat diseases in every organ of the body and have specialization in arteries and veins.

The radiologist will use different types of imaging including x-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan. But majorly the interventional radiologist goes for minimally invasive techniques only.

Minimally invasive treatment:

As a name suggests in this procedure the medical practitioners involve very least damage to the body. Small incisions are required in this procedure and these are no bigger than a needle as well. The major advantage of minimally invasive treatment is that there is less risk of bleeding and lower chances of infection as well. These procedures are less painful and require very little sedation in rare cases.

The scars will be smaller and in some conditions, there is no requirement of sutures. Moreover, thermal vein ablation is the major example of minimally invasive treatment, and generally speaking, it is preferred by all the patients and in trend as compared to more invasive surgeries.

Chronic venous insufficiency:

This condition has a link with varicose veins. Veins perform the activity of carrying blood to the heart from the rest of the body and the blood was present in the legs prevent the blood from refluxing or going back. It moves down to the feet instead of the heart. At that particular moment, the condition of chronic venous insufficiency arises. This clearly indicates that the blood is not properly flowing to the heart and results in a painful varicose vein.

How the interventional radiologist treat Varicose veins?

It is important for an individual to understand how the radiologist will going to treat them. There are certain different treatments available which the interventional radiologist will prefer. Some common treatments available include:-

  • Sclerotherapy:

In sclerotherapy, the medical practitioners will inject the medicine directly into troublesome veins in order to close them down. This medicine is sclerosant. They also prefer ultrasound to guide the therapy and it is known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.

  • Microphlebectomy:

In this procedure, the medical practitioner will use small puncture in the skin, and in return, they remove the varicose veins. This procedure is especially in use for smaller ones and produces minimal scarring. It is also referred to as an Ambulatory phlebectomy.

  • Venaseal:

Venaseal is the procedure that fits in the category of the latest treatment available. It will be going to act as a vein adhesive. One can also term it as medical-grade blue. It works as a glue by closing the veins instead of heating them. The varicose veins will fibrosis and disappeared later on.

  • Vein ablation:

Vein Ablation is also termed as radiofrequency ablation for endovenous laser ablation. In this procedure, medical practitioners use radiofrequency heat or laser heat in order to close the varicose veins.

These are the treatments that the interventional radiologist will suggest and apply accordingly. The procedure also depends on the condition of the patient because doctors will not move ahead without examining the condition.

Dr. Nikhil Bansal is the most renowned and trusted Interventional Radiologist, who has vast experience in the field of minimally invasive surgery. He has gained specialization in interventional radiology, elective rotation in Gastroenterology, Radio-diagnosis, & Pain management from various esteemed medical institutions across the globe.