Vein disease affects a startling number of people around the globe. In the United States alone, it's estimated that roughly half the adult population suffers from vein problems of one form or another, from unsightly spider veins to more serious varicose veins.
With tens of millions of people suffering from these conditions, it's no wonder that vein treatment has been on the rise in recent years. But even though vein procedures have become more common, most people don't know what these procedures entail or what the recovery process is like.
Vein issues come in a wide range severities, so a treatment that works for one patient may prove to be totally ineffective for another. In general, however, physicians are now trending towards minimally invasive procedures.
For smaller spider veins, one of the most common treatments is sclerotherapy, wherein a solution is injected into the veins that irritates the walls, causing them to collapse, destroying the vein. In more serious cases, such as when a deeper varicose vein has developed, doctors recommend either laser or radiowave ablation. With this treatment, a tiny wire is passed through the vein that emits heat, and this heat destroys the vein from the inside.
With these minimally invasive procedures, recovery is relatively simple. Both sclerotherapy and ablation therapy treatments can be performed in under an hour. Plus, the procedures require virtually no downtime, and most patients are able to resume their normal activity levels after only a day or two.
For more serious varicose vein cases where laser ablation is used, the doctor may request subsequent sclerotherapy treatments be performed in order to destroy any branch veins that may also be problematic. Additionally, patients may need to wear compression stockings following treatment in order to help the body reabsorb the treated veins and to cut down on any residual pain or swelling following the procedure.
Thanks to these modern techniques, vein treatment is relatively simple and easy. Still, some people may choose to forgo treatment, if they only have smaller spider veins that don't cause any negative side effects. For some people with vein issues, however, the side effects can be serious.
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency can lead to pain, swelling, limb fatigue, itching and skin issues. In these cases, when vein problems begin to affect a person's quality of life, most doctors would recommend treatment. Given the minimal downsides that can occur as a result of treatment, and the potential upsides of not having to deal with vein issues, treatment makes a lot of sense for most vein disease sufferers.
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