Painful, aching legs due to varicose veins can keep you from living life to its fullest. The highly trained medical staff at Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, led by Davin Haraway, DO, can help you regain your zest for life by treating your varicose veins with endovenous chemical ablation. Call (918) 701-2020 or use the online tool to request an appointment.

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What is endovenous chemical ablation?

Endovenous chemical ablation is an outpatient treatment option for varicose veins that combines sclerotherapy and ultrasound technology, and that’s sometimes called ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.

Endovenous chemical ablation can be used as an alternative to the more invasive treatment known as vein stripping and ligation.

Dr. Haraway performs this treatment option by tapping into ultrasound technology to guide him through the procedure to precisely target the damaged vein.

Next, he inserts a chemical irritant into the damaged vein. As in sclerotherapy, the chemical causes the vein to collapse and seal shut.

When treatment is complete, you wear a compression stocking on the treated leg for a minimum of two weeks and can usually return to work the next day.*

Are there other, non-chemical options to close off damaged veins?

Yes. There’s an option called endovenous thermal ablation, which uses thermal energy to close off affected veins. Another treatment option called VenaSeal™ doesn’t use chemical irritants or thermal energy but instead uses a special, proprietary medical adhesive.

Dr. Haraway administers the adhesive using a dispensing gun connected to a catheter. He uses ultrasound to guide him during the procedure so that he can inject the adhesive in specific areas along the damaged vein.

When Dr. Haraway completes the procedure, he places a small bandage over the entry location. Patients can resume normal activities immediately.*

What are the benefits of endovenous chemical ablation?

Dr. Haraway enjoys helping patients learn about their treatment options so that they can get actively involved in their treatment plan. During your consultation, you’ll discuss all the options so you can evaluate which is best for your individual situation.

However, since endovenous chemical ablation is not a surgical procedure and doesn’t require an incision or general anesthesia, it offers the benefits of fewer complications and shorter recovery times in comparison to vein stripping and ligation.

Patients report relief from varicose veins symptoms, such as aching and swelling, soon after treatment and can resume normal activity right away with little or no pain.* Some patients experience bruising and skin discoloration in the treatment area, but this fades over time.

If you suffer from varicose veins and would like to find out if endovenous chemical ablation is right for you, contact Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma  at (918) 701-2020 or through the online requesting tool.

*Individual results may vary.