What is minimally invasive vein surgery? The term “varicose veins” refers to veins that have jumbled up to look like a spider. Legs, ankles and feet are the spots where they usually occur. Individuals with varicose veins experience pain and discomfort in their legs and feet. Since varicose veins are just beneath the surface of your skin, they are very noticeable. Increased blood pressure in veins mainly causes them to happen.
To relieve irritation and discomfort, there are several treatment options available for vein conditions like varicose veins and spider veins. Here, we will look at one of the latest treatment options – minimally invasive vein surgery.
Veins have a vital role in the circulatory system. Their function is to carry blood back to the heart with the help of their valves. In the case of varicose veins, these valves tend to deform. As a result, they do not perform their function properly. This is a common problem in older people.
Minimally Invasive Vein Surgery Options
Typically, this condition is not very serious. However, if it becomes extremely bothersome to the extent that it comes in the way of your routine activities, then you need to consider, minimally invasive vein surgery. One such option is, ‘Sclerotherapy’, which involves the injecting of a sclerosant (chemical solution containing medicine).
This solution targets the varicose veins and causes them to shrink so that the blood goes towards healthier veins. It contains sodium-tetradecyl-sulphate and usually, only a well-trained dermatologist performs it.
Internal therapy is another method of endovenous techniques. With the help of ultra sound examination, the doctor spots the affected veins. The method requires a small catheter that produces radiofrequency energy when it reaches the vein. This energy damages the vein and the blood shifts to other healthier veins. Your specialist will ask you to wear compression socks after your internal therapy, to ensure smooth blood flow.
Surface therapy or laser therapy targets varicose and spider veins by applying laser techniques to the affected veins. It is applied to the surface of the skin and is external, hence the term, surface. The laser emissions produce heat that helps shrink and destroy varicose veins. It is a need-less process but that does not guarantee the fact that there will be no pain. There can be stinging and pain, if it gets intense, you can apply a good quality numbing gel.
Endogenous and exogenous approaches to vein treatment exist. Exogenous are methods that are external and nonsurgical, such as, compression stocking method. While, endogenous ones treat venous valvular deformities and require hospitalization. Minimally invasive treatment options are relatively safer and mostly anesthesia free.
You can go back to your routine almost immediately after treatment, in fact, brisk walk is advisable for proper blood flow. The success rate of applying such methods is pretty high, 75% to 80% patients find relief and see improved results.
If you have noticed intense pain in your leg veins and pressure in your ankles and you are unable to walk, then you have varicose veins that require medical attention. If you are overweight, these conditions will make you more uncomfortable so it is wise to shed some kilos and reduce the pressure in your legs.
You must seek professional guidance from a trained professional. We can help you plan a healthier lifestyle and suggest treatment & therapy options that will improve your condition.
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