Varicose Veins Treatment Doesn't Have to Be Painful
Varicose veins may be a cosmetic issue for some people but for others it causes pain and discomfort. The realization that the condition can lead to more serious health issues has led many people to seek out varicose veins removal procedures. However, some look down on having the procedure done because of a fear that varicose veins removal may cause pain. There is good news for apprehensive patients, though, as vein doctors are now using minimally invasive methods in conjunction with mild sedation, which can eliminate pain during the many procedures.
Varicose veins are those big, swollen veins that develop on the legs, calves and feet. Varicose veins are common among people who are overweight, pregnant women and people who regularly sit or stand for prolonged periods of time. Blood circuiting though the venous system is, in these cases, accumulated within damaged veins in the legs, which causes them to swell up and often to protrude from the skin. Those with varicose veins may have to deal with pain and heaviness in the legs and, in some cases, itchiness.
Varicose veins removal through the traditional method of vein stripping scares a lot of people. Vein stripping is a procedure during which veins are removed through surgical means. Sometimes, even after vein stripping, varicose veins will recur. Dr. Syed Hussain, a vascular surgeon at HeartCare Midwest, said that unfortunately vascular disease is currently incurable. He said that only temporary treatments and therapies remain viable options. Oftentimes regular repeat sessions are necessary to maintain results after varicose veins removal.
Vein stripping involves making a cut or an incision to access the varicose vein that is being targeted. A special wire is then inserted into the vein. The damaged vein is then pulled out from the affected area and the cut is stitched up. The procedure is done under anesthesia, local or general. Overnight hospital stay might be required for some. The patient is not allowed any post-operative physical activity for some time.
Dr. Hussain recommended a vein ablation as a less debilitating method of varicose veins removal. Endovenous ablation is a less invasive varicose veins removal method. The process of varicose veins removal is quicker, too. A laser is delivered through the vein by way of a small puncture in the skin and the laser will essentially burn the vein and force it to close up. Once the damage vein is closed, symptoms of pain or swelling should stop. Endovenous ablation is often applied to patients who have exhausted other methods of varicose veins removal only to have the varicose veins reappear too soon or reappear in a worse condition.
With endovenous ablation, the vein doctor inserts a catheter through a small cut above the vein. The catheter is guided through to the end of the vein. A radiofrequency generator is then activated, which delivers the laser, or laser pulses are sent through the catheter. The catheter can be slowly retracted once treatment is complete. The heat delivered during endovenous ablation destroys the varicose vein. The vein will collapse and be reabsorbed by the body. The patient will, unfortunately, experience a bit of pain if the vein in question is located near a nerve. But this method of varicose veins removal takes only about an hour and relief from pain afterward is usually felt immediately.
Those who have a family history of varicose veins are very susceptible to the condition. A lot of people do not mind the appearance of their varicose veins, but if discomfort and pain makes finding a vein doctor necessary, then definitely find a certified vein doctor to help you out.