varicose vein treatments assessed

Laser Treatment vs Foam Sclerotherapy

New research has looked into the effectiveness of three varicose vein treatments. The multicentre study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, assessed endovenous laser abrasion, foam sclerotherapy and surgery. It was discovered that both laser treatment and surgery were the most effective in terms of improvements within quality of life.

Here, we’ll look at the results of the study and the different procedures available.

What did the study reveal?

The study assessed 798 varicose vein patients from 11 different clinics across the UK. The randomised trial looked at the quality of life outcome after five years, alongside cost-effectiveness and disease-specific outcomes.

A total of 595 patients completed a quality of life survey. It was revealed that patients who underwent laser treatment and surgery reported a better quality of life score. However, generic quality of life was marked as being improved for all three treatment options.

All three treatments were also discovered to have very similar recurrence rates. So, in terms of effectiveness, they were all close to one another. Just 11% of patients who underwent laser abrasion needed additional treatment. Just 7% of those who underwent surgery required additional treatment, while 14% of foam sclerotherapy patients required further treatment.

Understanding your varicose vein treatment options

This new study shows just how effective the main varicose treatment options can be. While laser treatment and surgery were shown to have the highest quality of life improvements, foam sclerotherapy is also extremely effective.

The treatment you require to eliminate your varicose veins will depend upon numerous factors. How severe the condition is will be a major deciding factor to the type of treatment you should undergo. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.

Varicose veins can cause a lot of embarrassment and issues with confidence. Many patients are unaware of how simple and effective the treatments can be. To discover which treatment option is right for you, book a consultation with a vein specialist today.