Do I Just Have to Live With Varicose Veins?

Americans are no strangers to varicose veins — they affect one in five people, especially women. The problem with varicose veins is that once they develop, they rarely go away on their own, which makes treating them your only viable option for restoring your legs to “normal.”

The good news is that there are several safe and effective treatment options when it comes to varicose veins, and Dr. Ariel Soffer and our team of vascular specialists offer them here at Soffer Health Institute.

Here’s a look at the many ways in which we can tackle varicose veins, once and for all.


One of the most effective tools in our varicose veins arsenal is sclerotherapy, a technique in which we inject a chemical solution into the veins that causes them to collapse and die. With this treatment, and the others we outline below, the procedure won’t have any adverse effect on your circulation, as your blood reroutes to healthier blood vessels deeper in your tissues.

The treated vein is then reabsorbed into your body and processed, which can take a few weeks.

Sclerotherapy is a quick, in-office procedure, and you're free to return home afterward, though we may have you wear compression socks for a certain period of time.

Endovenous ablation

Another great technique for banishing unwanted varicose veins is endovenous ablation. With this approach, we use laser or radiofrequency energy to seal off the vein, forcing your blood to find alternate vessels. 

To deliver the energy, we insert a small tube called a cannula directly into your vein and then thread a probe or laser through. Rest assured, we use a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any discomfort.

We perform your endovenous ablation during an in-office procedure on an outpatient basis.

Surgical removal

If you have severe or treatment-resistant varicose veins, we may recommend surgical removal. We first make you comfortable with a local anesthetic, and then we make a small incision, through which we remove the vein.

As we mentioned, this treatment for varicose veins is one that we typically reserve for problematic veins that resist other treatments.

While we may use general anesthesia to surgically remove your varicose veins, most patients can go home that same day after we ensure that everything went smoothly.

Each of these treatments is highly effective, and finding the one that’s right for your varicose veins occurs after we evaluate the extent of the problem. In some cases, you may need a series of treatments for best results.

The bottom line is that varicose veins aren’t a condition that you have to live with, and we’re here to help. To find the best remedy for your varicose veins, contact one of our three offices in Aventura, Weston, or Hialeah, Florida, to set up an appointment.

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