Surgery is always a bit scary for anyone, even when it is for something as minor as the relief of varicose veins symptoms. Fortunately, UK patients under the NHS can now avail themselves of it with state-of-the-art equipment at facilities such as Royal Gwent Hospital’s League of Friends. The newly-developed equipment here allows doctors to see the finer details of their surgical work far more clearly and enables them to perform surgeries with a much lower level of discomfort to the patient.
How do you know if you have varicose veins? Fortunately, it’s one of the easier medical conditions to diagnose. Many of us will even share memories of seeing and hearing a grandparent complaining about their symptoms while massaging the bluish ‘ropes’ on the sides or backs of their legs. Varicose veins symptoms can include such things as swollen legs, cramps and a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in the affected limbs. Visually, the affected veins often stand out as bulging or distorted, and almost always have the distinctive slightly bluish coloration that distinguishes arteries from veins as the blood heads back to the lungs for infusion with fresh oxygen.
Are they dangerous? Is surgical varicose veins treatment always called for? In most cases varicose veins are more of a cosmetic concern, particularly among women, than a serious medical problem. You should not simply assume their innocence, though. In particular, if you experience bleeding or sores, or if the veins suddenly become more swollen and painful than normal, you should see your doctor. If the doctor recommends treatment that includes surgery, rest assured that new medical techniques, including such things as using radio waves to eliminate the unsightly veins with a minimum of destruction to other tissue, will ensure that the experience will not be traumatic.
No-one enjoys being in a hospital. No matter how small the procedure, having to stay in an unfamiliar bed and have one’s sleep disturbed by strange sounds and nurses making their rounds is an experience we all prefer to avoid. As a result you might tend to delay treatments that could improve the quality of your life or even safeguard your health.
In the past a patient under care for varicose veins might well have needed at least a single overnight stay and been somewhat disabled for several days at home. The new technologies ensure that many post-surgical patients can now walk home the very day of treatment and sleep well that night in their own warm and comfortable beds.
Varicose veins treatment has never been simpler or safer. If you have been concerned about the condition but have been hesitant to seek treatment, discuss the new approaches with your doctor. With the proper care, you’ll be able to put worries about the appearance and the health effects of this condition safely in your past, and do so without worry that you’ll be incapacitated after treatment.
Having smooth, pain-free legs has never been simpler or safer.