The widespread availability of ultrasound imaging has profoundly altered our understanding and treatment of vein disease. As a result, a new specialty, phlebology-- the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders, has evolved.
Treatments are now individualized and based on each patient’s specific anatomy and physiology. They are also primarily nonsurgical and minimally invasive.
Endovenous ablation, foam sclerotherapy, and microphlebectomy are now the standard of care in varicose vein disease.
They have replaced older painful and disfiguring surgical procedures such as saphenous vein ligation and stripping, and stab phlebectomies.