As a New Jersey vein expert, one of the saddest things we have to deal with as vein doctors is the patient who appears in our offices displaying varicose veins in such an advanced stage that, from our point of view, they should have been treated months or even years ago. When we ask these patients why they didn’t consider treatment earlier, many of these patients say, “My mother had an operation to get rid of her varicose veins, and she was in pain for weeks afterwards. I can’t stand pain, so I decided it was better just to live with the unattractiveness of varicose veins than go through that. I’m only here now because my swollen veins have started to hurt.”
When we hear these stories, we know exactly what kind of “operation” the patient’s mother had. It was the only vein removal procedure at the time, and it was called “vein stripping.” You went into a hospital and underwent general anesthesia while a surgeon made incisions along the length of the swollen veins and then literally stripped the diseased veins out with a scalpel. Recovery from this procedure was painful, and sometimes the scarring made it even worse.
But those were the “bad old days” of vein treatment – it’s not like that now
When we hear stories like this, we explain to the patient that this was indeed how varicose veins were removed only a couple of decades ago, but medical science has improved since then. Advances in technologies like ultrasound and in interventional radiology (IR) procedures have created a new era of vein disease treatment in New Jersey.
These days, you can have your varicose veins treated in the comfort of your local New Jersey vein treatment center, and in about an hour. Not only are these new treatments pain-free, there is no need for long “recovery times” because there is nothing to recover from. We’ve had patients who had their varicose veins removed on their lunch hour and then walked out and returned to work. That is how pain-free modern vein treatment is.
What are the best treatments for people with a low pain tolerance?
If you are extremely averse to pain, our New Jersey vascular doctors can treat your varicose veins using conservative treatments that involve diet, exercise, and wearing compression stockings. These methods don’t actually eliminate varicose veins, but they can make living with them more tolerable.
If your goal is to eliminate your varicose veins permanently, however, there are a number of procedures such as sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous laser therapy that are well-suited for those with a low tolerance for pain, because they are all minimally-invasive. This means that instead of having to create large incisions to treat the affected veins, your varicose vein removal expert in New Jersey introduces a tiny needle directly into the swollen vein and then uses chemicals or heat to close the veins permanently. The pain involved has been described as similar to a pinprick, and if that’s too much for you, your doctors can use a local anesthetic to numb your skin so you don’t even feel that.
If you’re still concerned, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Chuback
The best way to get over any lingering fears you might have about vein removal is to give our New Jersey vein expert a call at 732-403-3899 or go online and set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Dr. John Chuback will perform a completely painless examination and then recommend the most painless way to proceed.