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Is The Newest Varicose Vein Treatment Better Than The Alternatives?

by April Maguire

Now that summer is here, you probably want to show off some skin, either at the pool, the beach or just when you're out and about. Unfortunately, if you're one of the tens of millions of people who suffer from varicose veins, you might naturally be self-conscious about showing off your body in public. Typically, varicose veins occur in the legs, where they become discolored and bulge up beneath the surface of the skin, but they can appear anywhere on the body.

Luckily, there is no reason why you have to live with varicose veins. There are a number of treatments already on the market, and the newest treatment, called VenaSeal, may just make getting rid of these unsightly veins easier than ever.

Traditional Treatments

For a number of years now, the go-to treatment for varicose veins has been some form of ablation therapy. During this treatment, the doctor guides a thin wire through the affected veins which emits heat, either in the form of laser or radio waves. Applying a small amount of heat to the inside of the veins causes the walls to collapse, cutting off the flow of blood. Afterwards, the vein is slowly reabsorbed into the body and the unsightly vein disappears.

While this form of treatment is effective, it does have some drawbacks. Following ablation therapy, some patients will develop bruising near the treatment sites. Additionally, compression stockings need to be worn after the treatment is complete in order to assist the reabsorption of the affected vein. Also, patients sometimes experience pain or swelling for up to a week following the procedure, which limits their day-to-day activity level.

Introducing VenaSeal

Recently introduced to the market, VenaSeal offers a different method for getting rid of troublesome varicose veins. In the most basic sense, VenaSeal acts as a glue that closes off the vein from the inside. Unlike ablation therapy, patients don't have to wear compression stockings following the procedure, and after treatment the residual pain level is reportedly lower. In fact, people who have the VenaSeal treatment performed report that they're able to resume normal activities almost immediately.

Unfortunately, VenaSeal isn't entirely perfect. Some patients report having an allergic reaction to the adhesive. Also, there are some risks associated with the procedure, including deep vein thrombosis. And perhaps most troubling of all, the procedure is too new to be covered under insurance, so it can cost more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Still, if you're looking to get rid of annoying varicose veins, VenaSeal may be the right choice for you. So check with doctors in your area to see if they perform the procedure. It may just be worth the cost to permanently get rid of your varicose veins.

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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