09 Apr Venous insufficiency: a health threat
Varicose Veins and ‘Spider Veins’ appear due to a disease called Venous Insufficiency. This disease prevents the veins from properly transporting blood from the legs to the heart, causing the blood to return down the vein and accumulate, which gradually leads to the formation of varicose veins.
The blood reflux (amount of blood that is returned) can cause symptoms such as: pain, heaviness, burning, tingling, and cramps in the legs. This then turns into ‘spider veins’ and varicose veins that, if not treated in time, could form future varicose ulcers and cause further health complications. One example being blood clots that could detach and enter the deep circulatory system.
The first step in identifying whether you suffer from venous insufficiency or not, is through a sonogram. This test allows the medical professional to check the level of blood reflux in the patient and determine the severity of the disease.
A sonogram is the necessary test required for medical insurance companies to cover the cost of varicose vein treatments. The images can prove that the patient suffers from Venous Insufficiency, which is a medical condition and not an aesthetic condition.
How is Venous Insufficiency treated?
Endovenous laser is one of the most modern techniques to treat varicose veins with the same effectiveness provided by traditional surgery. It consists of introducing a laser to the affected vein, allowing the thermal energy to heat the vein and seal it permanently. This prevents anymore blood from circulating through it, effectively eliminating the vein completely or reducing its size. After the procedure, the body itself will direct the blood to other healthy veins.
Treating varicose veins with endovenous laser is a breakthrough for medicine. With this treatment, the risks of infection and hemorrhage are reduced.
Once the vein that had venous insufficiency has been cauterized, another procedure called Phlebectomy is recommended. This procedure fully removes the inflamed varicose veins that can be seen on the surface of the skin. The extraction of these veins is necessary to release the stagnant blood and decrease the symptoms that affect the patient’s well-being. It also restores the smooth appearance of the skin.
This is the final step in the treatment of varicose veins. Sclerotherapy helps eradicate or improve the appearance of those undesirable ‘spider veins’.
The procedure consists of injecting a sterile sclerosing solution into the vein, using a very thin needle. The goal is to close each ‘spider vein’ and direct the blood to other better functioning veins. The closure is achieved gradually and naturally, and the final results can be seen after 12 weeks.
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