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There's Still Time to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Summer

by Jane Meggitt

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It’s summertime, and more parts of the body are exposed than in any other season. If you suffer from unsightly varicose veins, you may be embarrassed to walk around in shorts, short skirts or bathing suits, knowing your bulging, gnarly veins are on display for all to see. Don’t despair. There are methods to eradicate varicose veins that can have you wearing revealing clothing by the end of the summer without worrying about distended veins. New methods of treating varicose veins offer short recovery times and minimal bruising or swelling. Summer’s here – what are you waiting for?

Endothermal Ablation

Endothermal ablation for varicose veins uses radiofrequency to close leg veins. It is especially recommended for varicose vein sufferers who also experience swelling, aching, skin ulcers and inflammation. The doctor uses ultrasound to view the veins, then puts a catheter into the affected vein, which is guided via ultrasound. The radiofrequency electrode is inserted into this catheter, delivering its energy, which eventually causes the vein to collapse. The process is not painful and generally takes less than an hour to complete. Patients must wear support hose for a couple of weeks after the procedure, but they can resume normal activities. It is important to walk regularly after undergoing the procedure. Endothermal ablation has few, if any, side effects, although there is always a slight risk of infection at the tiny incision site.

Sclerotherapy

For smaller varicose veins, sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice, according to the renowned Mayo Clinic. In this procedure, the doctor injects a solution into the affected veins, which results in vein scarring. Blood is then rerouted through adjacent veins. The collapsed vein should fade away from view within a few weeks. For larger veins, more than one sclerotherapy session may be required. While sclerotherapy is more often performed for cosmetic than therapeutic purposes, it can relieve the aches and pains accompanying varicose veins. Side effects are mild and may consist of bruising at the injection site, minor swelling and redness, all of which should subside within a week or two. Again, the doctor will encourage you to move around as much as possible after the procedure, and have you wear compression hose for a couple of weeks. Patients can resume their normal activities by the following day, but you may want to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of weeks. By the end of summer, you’re ready to show off your varicose vein-free legs.

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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