Alternative Ways for Treating Varicose Veins

For those of us who suffer from varicose veins from a medical or a cosmetic point of view, it’s likely that we will have spent hours trawling through Google while trying to find the best treatment for us. Some of the traditional ways of treating varicose veins include compression stockings, a special garment which improves circulation by lightly squeezing on your leg. However, as research and development in the science industry thrives and breaks boundaries, what are some of the new approaches that are being pioneered in medical practices around the country? This article aims to find out.

First up, we have radiofrequency ablation. As you may have gathered, radiofrequency energy is used in this treatment which has been recently pioneered on some patients who suffer from this health problem. The wall of the varicose vein is heated in this process, and from here, a small cut is made in the knee region so the process of inserting a catheter can begin. In order for the treatment to be successful, further heat needs to be added through radiofrequency energy in the varicose vein so the walls collapse. Once this has occurred, the problem vein is sealed shut and the blood that needs to circulate is redirected to one of the healthier veins nearby.

With local anaesthetic being used, and the prospect of modest burns because of the heat which is applied to the local area, there are just a few small side effects that you need to watch out for with this treatment. Compression stockings, the approach we mentioned earlier, is also used once radiofrequency ablation has been completed, and you may be asked to wear them by your doctor for up to two weeks.

Endovenous laser treatment is quite similar to radiofrequency ablation, and has the same approach of inserting a catheter into the varicose vein is used. However, a vital difference is that a specialist laser is used to send short and sharp bursts of energy through to the varicose vein so it is closed and sealed shut in the usual way. There can be temporary nerve damage and the prospect of the treated area being bruised and slightly sore, but this has also been proven to a successful approach to treatment.

The treatment method pursued by your doctor will depend on your circumstances and any varicose veins symptoms that you have presented with. In some cases, you may get the opportunity to decide between different treatment methods, and here, you will also be provided with the chance to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

A doctor may have their own recommendations for which course of treatment you should pursue. The prospect of going under general anaesthetic may seem relatively daunting at first, but just take the time to remember the cosmetic benefits and the quality of life you may gain from eliminating varicose veins once and for all. You’ll be able to go out and enjoy the day without feeling any discomfort, and this can be the best thing about getting the treatment done.

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