Why are my veins so swollen and do I have to live with this pain and disfigurement? These are the questions that come to mind when dealing with varicose veins.
Varicose veins are the result of weakened veins. The veins can become weak from simple things like crossing your legs or standing too often for too long. Family history, obesity and pregnancy are other factors that can affect the development of varicose veins.
Veins are the highways that carry oxygen-rich blood to all parts of your body. When these veins are weakened, the valves that push blood forward and prevent it from flowing back do not work properly. As a result, blood can collect. It is this problem that causes the veins to become swollen, painful and unsightly.
What Can Be Done There are many temporary treatments that help relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. These treatments include lifting the legs, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, and wearing socks specifically designed to compress the legs. However, these treatments are temporary and do not solve the real problem.
The VNUS occlusion procedure is one of these new options that offer promising results for patients. This procedure causes less pain and bruising than the methods commonly used to treat varicose veins. During this process, a catheter is inserted into the affected vein. Once positioned, it is heated with RF energy at a controlled temperature. This type of energy is also known as high frequency radiation and has been used in medical practice for over 75 years. As the catheter warms up, the collagen in the walls of your blood vessels shrinks. Once the procedure is complete, the damaged veins are completely closed and your blood changes its course to flow through healthy veins.
Supporters of this treatment point out that patients return to their normal lifestyle and activities much faster than with conventional treatments. In addition to a much faster healing, this treatment was found to be 97.4% effective after one year.
Varicose veins are painful and disfiguring, but with new methods such as the VNUS occlusion procedure, patients have much better options for treating them and returning to a normal life.