If you're living with varicose veins, then you know how troublesome they can be. At the very least, the unsightly ridges and discoloration of these veins are enough to make sufferers self-conscious about showing off their legs in public. At their worst, varicose veins can cause a number of medical problems from minor pain and irritation all the way up to potentially life-threatening embolisms. Due to these complications, it's important to have varicose veins removed, but patients sometimes complain about the most popular vein removal methods. So is there an easier way to get rid of varicose veins?
In order to understand how varicose veins are removed, it's important to understand how they form in the first place. When valves inside of the veins become damaged, blood begins to flow backwards. This blood accumulates and causes the veins to rise up beneath the surface of the skin, resulting in the telltale ridges and discoloration of varicose veins. Once varicose veins have formed, the only solution is to get rid of them entirely, typically by sealing off the vein. After the vein has been sealed off, blood stops flowing through it, and the vein is eventually reabsorbed into the body.
For some time now, vein ablation therapy has been the preferred method of sealing off varicose veins. During this type of treatment, the physician guides a small wire through the affected vein that emits either a low-level laser or radio waves. The wire heats up the vein from the inside, sealing it off and stopping blood flow. While ablation therapy is effective, it does sometimes have its drawbacks, such as pain, bruising, and complications that lead to the creation of new varicose veins.
Alternative treatments close off affected veins without the use of heat. Of the alternative treatments, foam and glue are two of the most popular choices, and several studies show that these methods are far less painful than laser and radio wave ablation therapy. However, while some patients have been treated successfully using foam or glue, these methods are sometimes less effective. In fact, at least one study found that within two years of their initial procedures, several patients saw a recurrence of their varicose veins and had to seek subsequent treatments.
When it comes to varicose veins, it's better to undergo treatment sooner rather than later. Even though the traditional options can pose complications, they may still be better than the less painful alternatives. If you're thinking about undergoing treatment for your varicose veins, talk with your doctor and determine which option will work best for you.
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