Varicose veins can affect both men and women, if they are particularly noticeable on the legs or arms; it can knock confidence in an individual. The procedure to remove varicose veins is very common and there are various options available; this article will highlight these procedures and give you a brief insight into how they work.
This treatment involves a special sclerosing tool which injects solution directly into the veins; it prevents large blood cells from circulating the body, which can cause blood clots resulting in varicose veins. This method does not work on twisted, swollen, smaller or thin veins and can cause complications such as allergic reactions. Other possible side effects include; ulcerations, discoloration and inflammation.
Incisions are made where the skin is swollen, twisted veins are located and removed, and this treatment is recommended when varicose veins affect a large area of the body. The associated side effects are; scarring, bruising, allergic reactions and bleeding.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
A small incision is made into the skin so that a laser catheter can be inserted; once inside it will heat up the vein wall, shrink it and then seal it. The only side effect that is associated with this method is allergic reactions, minimal scarring can occur and in some rare cases there may be infection. It is imperative that your surgeon is experienced as permanent leg swelling and nerve damage can be a possible outcome.
There are also non-surgical varicose veins treatment options; compression stockings can be worn to relieve pain that is caused by twisted and swollen veins. This has gained popularity within patients as there are no side effects, however it does not offer a permanent solution for varicose veins.
When choosing the method that is best for you, decide on whether you want it to be permanent or temporary, as permanent solution may cost more but they only need to be done once. The most important thing to consider is the experience of the surgeon; this will rule out any complications that may occur. In addition to this you should make sure that the pros outweigh the cons and that you are 100% sure with the method you have chosen. Contact your GP as he can answer any question that you have and point you in the right direction. Varicose vein removal is a very common procedure; if performed correctly the appearance of varicose veins can be drastically reduced.