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Treating Varicose Veins is Now Easier Than Ever Before

by April Maguire

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If you suffer from varicose veins, then you probably know they're not just a cosmetic problem. Sure, the enlarged, discolored veins can be an eyesore, preventing you from showing off your legs in public, but these pesky veins cause a number of health problems as well. Commonly, varicose vein sufferers deal with pain and swelling in the area. Additionally, the affected areas could be more sensitive or itchy. Not to mention the potentially serious health complications that these veins can cause, such as blood clots or pulmonary embolisms.

To be sure, there are a number of reasons to get rid of your varicose veins. In years past, however, this has been easier said than done. Nowadays though, there are a number of varicose vein treatments on the market, making these troublesome veins easier to get rid of than ever before.

Eliminating Varicose Veins

In the days of old, the only reliable way to treat varicose veins was through a process known as vein stripping, wherein the affected veins were surgically removed. With modern techniques, however, doctors can eliminate deformed veins safely and easily.

One of these modern techniques is through a process called sclerotherapy. With this treatment, doctors typically perform an ultrasound on the veins to determine where the problem is. Once that is determined, they inject the vein with a caustic solution which breaks down the walls of the vein from the inside. There are different types of solutions, such as Varithena, but they all basically work the same way. Once the walls of the vein are broken down, blood ceases to flow through the area. Over time, the vein seals itself off and is reabsorbed into the body.

This process is simple and effective, but there are other ways to achieve the same results. Alternatively, some doctors prefer ablation therapy using radio waves or low-level lasers. With these treatments, a small wire is inserted into the affected veins which heats them up from the inside. Similar to sclerotherapy, the procedure causes the veins to collapse, and the varicose veins are destroyed.

The type of treatment your doctor uses will likely depend on the severity of the condition. In general, sclerotherapy works best for spider veins and smaller varicose veins, while heat ablation therapies are often preferred for more serious varicose veins. However, certain doctors have their preferred method, and either route can be effective.

Whichever method you choose though, the important thing to know is that you don't have to live with varicose veins any longer. Both kinds of treatments are widely available, fairly affordable, and they require virtually no recovery time. So what are you waiting for?

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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