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New Treatment Option for Varicose Veins Gaining Popularity

by April Maguire

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Nobody wants varicose veins. If they were only unsightly, that would be bad enough, but they can also be painful, cause itchiness, lead to a loss of sensation, and in extreme cases they've even been known to produce blood clots, which could prove to be life threatening. So no matter how you look at it, if you've got varicose veins, you want them gone.

Fortunately, a number of treatment options have emerged over the last several years. These new varicose veins treatments have a lot of in common. They're all minimally invasive, can be performed in under an hour, and they require virtually no recovery time. But in a crowded field of varicose vein solutions, one of the latest options to enter the scene is already gaining a lot of fans and may prove to be the most effective.

Eliminating Varicose Veins

In order to talk about how varicose veins are eliminated, it's important to understand how they form in the first place. Varicose veins typically appear in the legs and are the result of venous insufficiency. This condition is caused by the failure of valves inside the veins themselves. Under ordinary circumstances, these valves ensure that blood only flows one way through the veins. When these valves become weaken or destroyed, blood begins flowing the opposite way and starts to pool, engorging the vein and causing it to rise up beneath the surface of the skin.

Years ago, the only way to get rid of these veins was to remove them surgically, and in certain extreme cases that technique is still used. However, for the most part, the current go-to treatments all involve collapsing the vein and cutting off blood flow. Once the vein is destroyed, it's reabsorbed by the body and the varicose veins disappear.

Methods for destroying the vein vary slightly between treatments. Endovenous ablation therapy uses radio frequency or laser waves to heat up the veins from the inside, causing the walls to cauterize and collapse. Similarly, sclerotherapy involves flushing a caustic liquid solution through the veins, which irritates the walls and destroys the vein.

The latest treatment to arrive on the market is called VenaSeal. Unlike the other minimally invasive option, VenaSeal doesn't destroy the interior structure of the veins. Instead, it acts as a kind of glue, adhering the walls of the vein together and eliminating the flow of blood. Since this method doesn't require heat, numbing agents aren't required and it's safer than other ablation therapies.

For varicose vein sufferers, VenaSeal may be the treatment of choice. So if you're looking to get rid of your varicose veins, talk with your doctor and see if it's right for you.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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