Varicose veins treatments

The varicose veins are one of the most common affections in society around the world, affecting above the 33% of the women and up to 17% of men.

There are a lot of causes around this illness, but the most common factors are heritage, weight excess, prolonged periods of standing or sitting, pregnancy, the age, the use of contraceptive pills, lack of physical activity, among others.

With today’s lifestyle it´s difficult to carry on healthy habits, the culture about an active lifestyle has been set aside because of fast-paced life and the consecuences doesn’t take a long time to show; here´s the reason why so much people is affected by the varicose veins.

In this cases its important to aware about the damages caused by the mentioned habits. If not so, there are some symptoms related to your legs that must be a matter of concern, like ankle and leg swelling, aching, fatigue, pain, cramps and itching. Nevertheless be careful, because varicose veins sometimes are painless.

In its first stage, the disease shows up in the form of small blue lines or in the form of a jellyfish, sometimes it’s accompanied of low intensity pain. As the disease progresses, the veins are more visible, and the pain is overwhelming, finally resulting in an even worse disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

This CVI involves the appearance of edema, ulcers and changes in the appearance of the skin. Before this, pay attention to the signals and take the proper care, always prescribed by your doctor.

For your knowledge, here you can find some of the current treatments used to detect and heal varicose vein disease:

  •  The ultrasound detection enables to observe the circulatory system and find which veins are in the worst condition. This method allows a more accurate analysis of the most affected areas, instead of just listening to blood flow in the leg with a Doppler.
  • Inserting a catheter into the affected vein and the entire interior of the vein, called (lumen) that work with radio waves heated and shrinking the resistant collagen in the vessel wall and causing it to collapse and be reabsorbed.
  • Laser treatment is also effective, it send bursts of concentrated beams to the affected veins, collapsing them.
  • The sclerotherapy is one of the latest trends. It uses a soapy sclerosing solution, mixed with air and resulting in a substance similar to shaving foam. Later, this foam is injected into the veins, causing the blood to move and the foam to come into direct and homogeneous contact with the walls of the vessel, achieving better results.
  • A minor surgery called phlebectomy, which is an ambulatory procedure, involving a small incision in the affecting zone and the vein is extract in small segments. This procedure is effective in the medium and long term.

Always consult a doctor before making any decision to treat your varicose veins. Encourage the discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of the possible treatment, and remember that it depends on your medical record and how much your case has evolved.

AHPRA WARNING: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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