Millions of people are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins are those bulging, rope like vessels that are unsightly and can be painful, causing heavy cramping and discomfort. Because varicose veins are often the result of a chronic vein condition known as venous insufficiency, these unsightly veins tend to increase in number and size over time.
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Leg ulcers: Most diabetic leg sores are actually due to vein disease and are curable.
Vein disease typically worsens with time. If left untreated, varicose veins cause chronic leg swelling, discoloration, skin thickening and painful ulcers, which can bleed. Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves inside the veins become incompetent. This results in venous reflux or the “backward” flow of blood, leading to bulging vessel walls and pooling of blood, usually in the lower legs.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose vein causes vary, but a person’s age can be a contributing factor. As we get older our veins tend to lose elasticity, allowing them to stretch and make vein valves less efficient. Pregnancy is another precursor to varicose vein development due to an increase in blood volume and the uterus exerting greater pressure on the leg veins. Additional varicose vein causes include obesity, genetics, injury and even a person’s occupation.
Treatment options for varicose veins include minimally invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT), foam Sclerotherapy and compression. It is best to consult with an experienced varicose vein doctor, who can recommend the best treatment option depending on the condition of your veins.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Laser treatment for varicose veins or EVLT, uses an ultra-fine fiber placed with an IV into the greater saphenous vein. Computerized laser energy is used to denature the veins inner cell layer and cause the vein to collapse and close. This particular laser treatment for varicose veins eliminates the “reflux” flow and thus the cause of the problem.
Typically used on smaller, more superficial varicose veins, this method employs a sclerosing agent that is injected directly into the vein and chemically denatures the inner vein lining. This too causes the vein to collapse and seal shut.
Compression therapy represents your first line of defense against worsening or new vein issues. This non-invasive treatment holds in bulging veins and promotes proper blood flow—decreasing the ache and fullness. Available in a variety of styles, pressure grades and lengths, you can wear compression stockings as often as needed. Continuous compression therapy may eliminate or delay your need for further varicose vein treatments.
Both EVLT and Sclerotherapy, typically takes less than an hour and there is little to no recovery time. However, it is then recommend that compression stockings be worn for several days following treatment.
It’s that easy! Best of all, laser treatment for varicose veins and sclerotherapy are covered by most insurance providers.