Varicose veins are a common condition characterized by purple or bluish veins. The disease most commonly occurs in the legs and feet, but can develop in any part of the body. Varicose veins most often occur in the lower extremities due to increased pressure while standing and walking. This condition occurs in up to 25% of American adults at some point in their lives.
Varicose veins and spider veins are particularly undesirable because of their appearance. Many people who suffer from this condition develop a confident habit of covering or veiling the veins. However, it is not only an aesthetic problem. In some people, the veins cause aches and pains and can cause serious problems if left untreated. In some cases, varicose veins can indicate an increased risk of circulatory problems.
The most common early treatments for varicose veins include a number of self-help methods. These include lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and the use of compression stockings. Depending on the severity and discomfort of the condition, additional treatments are available. Most modern techniques are minimally invasive and do not require a long hospital stay or a recovery period.
Before choosing surgical treatment, discuss other options with your doctor. Exercising, losing weight, lifting the legs, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time can help prevent the condition or slow its progression. If these methods do not improve, the doctor may recommend more specific treatments.
One of the most promising treatments for varicose veins is the VNUS occlusion procedure. It is a minimally invasive treatment that results in less bruising and less pain than some of the more traditional options. This procedure is done by inserting a catheter into the affected vein and applying heat, causing the collagen in the vein wall to shrink and the vein to close. The blood is returned to other healthy veins after the affected vein is sealed.
In the closing treatment, the procedure is performed through a small incision in the lower leg. This eliminates the need for more complicated surgery which requires general anesthesia. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in a doctor’s office. Since this treatment does not require the removal of the problematic vein or other painful procedures, this results in less pain and bruising and a much faster recovery phase. This procedure allows patients to return to their normal daily routine in a much shorter time than with other procedures.
The VNUS occlusion procedure has an effectiveness rate of 97%, which means it is very effective and gentle on the patient. It also results in minimal or no scarring, which makes it more aesthetic than treatments that require invasive surgical techniques. This treatment, along with other varicose vein procedures, is usually very effective. However, it is important to remember that not all treatments are suitable for every patient. Discuss your options with your doctor before making a decision about treating your varicose veins.