Varicose veins appear when a person’s veins become enlarged and swollen. In some cases, they also cause pain and discomfort. Over the years, this disease has become quite common – a study reveals that about 20% of adults experience varicose veins at some point.
Though varicose veins are relatively common, and a lot of campaigns have been organized worldwide to elevate public awareness about them, still, there are many misconceptions about their treatment.
In this blog, we will be discussing the three most widespread misconception about varicose veins, but before that, let’s find how does this disease look like.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins develop when small blood valves in the veins become fragile. Generally, these valves stop flowing blood back to the heart, and then blood starts accumulating in the veins causes swollen and twisted veins.
Varicose veins are easily noticeable because of their purple or dark blue appearance. Often they bulge out from the skin. Some other symptoms of varicose veins include:
3 Myths about varicose veins treatment
3 myths about varicose veins treatment
Myth No. 1: There is no treatment for varicose veins
If you notice you have symptoms of varicose veins, see your doctor immediately. Do not rely only on the advice of your friends or the information available on the internet because there is no dearth of people who will tell you that nothing can be done to cure varicose veins. Indeed, a range of treatments available to treat varicose veins. You just need to seek medical help to find which treatment will work for you.
Some studies disclose that even some people can prevent the symptoms of varicose veins by making changes to their lifestyle and home-based treatments. Patients who are in the initial stage of varicose can take below-mentioned preventative measures:
Medical treatments for Varicose veins
Laser Ablation: It is one of the latest treatments available to cure varicose veins. The treatment procedure involves the use of a catheter (a thin tube made with medical-grade materials) that surgeon gently places through the skin into the blood vessels. A laser is fitted at the front of the catheter which releases an extreme heat on the affected veins to close them. This treatment aims to close the diseased vein so that blood can flow through healthy veins.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy: In this treatment, a surgeon punctures the skin by making small cuts to access the affected veins. Veins are then gently removed. After the surgery, the patient may expect to have minimal scarring.
VenaSeal: The VenaSeal is a closure system that uses a robust medical adhesive to seal the varicose veins. In comparison to other treatments, it involves minimum risk, especially to nerve injury.
Endoscopic Vein Surgery: This treatment involves placing a tiny camera into the leg to help the surgeon see diseased veins clearer. The removal of the veins is performed through a series of surgical cuts.
So, there are several medical treatments your doctor may prescribe you if you are suffering from an acute condition of varicose veins.
Myth No. 2: All Varicose Vein Treatments are Quite Painful
This is another common myth about varicose veins you will hear more often. However, the reality is entirely different. All of the treatments mentioned above are straightforward. Patients receive them on an outpatient basis, usually at a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
With most treatment, you can expect to resume your day-to-day activities within a day or two. Moreover, you don’t need to stay overnight in an inpatient facility. Nowadays, advanced laser treatments take no more than half an hour and cause no to mild discomfort or pain. They are performed with the help of ultrasound that helps surgeons to see clearly inside the skin.
So, saying modern treatments are painful is utterly wrong.
Myth No 3: Varicose veins will always come back after treatment
With advanced treatments like laser ablation, sclerotherapy, and endothermal ablation, the chances of coming varicose veins back are almost impossible. However, if you go for traditional surgery, which is preferred in certain situations, the risk of varicose veins returning is somewhat higher.
Therefore, it is advisable that consult a qualified doctor, who can better prescribe you treatment specific to your situation. We hope this post debunks most of your myths about varicose veins treatment.
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