Varicose veins are enlarged veins usually affected in the legs and feet. For many, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. For some others varicose veins can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It may signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.
There a various ways in which the varicose veins can be treatment. The latest treatments for varicose veins are as follows:
- Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment of varicose veins. A solution is injected into the vein that causes the vein to swell, stick together and seal shut. This stops the flow of blood and the vein turns into a scar tissue. If done the right way, this can be a very effective treatment.
- Laser Surgery: The new technologies in laser treatment can cure varicose veins. The surgery sends very strong bursts of light into the vein. A small tube called the catheter is sent into the vein which sends out frequency or laser energy that shrinks and seals the vein wall. The veins on the surface of the skin that are connected to the treated varicose vein will also usually shrink after the treatment. This treatment is appealing to most patients as it does not involve needles or incisions. However, due to the heat, it causes redness and swelling of the skin and sometimes even discoloration of the skin which disappears in a couple of months.
- Endovenous Techniques: In this technique radiofrequency and laser are used for treating the deeper varicose veins of the legs. This has replaced surgery and is not very invasive either. A catheter is inserted into the vein and radiofrequency or laser energy is sent out that shrinks and seals the walls of the vein. This works like the laser treatment and has few side effects apart from bruises.
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