Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged and swollen veins on a person’s legs and feet. Over 23% of American adults are believed to have these types of veins, according to Medical News Today. Pregnant women comprise a large proportion of those affected.
If ignored, varicose veins can lead to infections, rashes, bleeding, blood clots, and sores. As we approach the warm weather season, here are some ways you can seek treatment for varicose veins.
Radiofrequency ablation is considered a minimally invasive (i.e. painless) treatment. Essentially, doctors utilize radiofrequency energy to warm and break the wall found inside a vein. In order to do this, a catheter is inserted into a leg at a small incision point. This treatment procedure is performed relatively quickly and the recovery time is short: you can generally resume normal activities the next day. According to Mayfield Brain & Spine clinic in Cincinnati, radiofrequency ablation is 70-80% effective among individuals with successful nerve blocks. Should a nerve regrow, this typically happens 6-12 months after the ablation.
Ligation and stripping (i.e. tying off a vein and removing it) is also a process recommended for large veins.
Other Simple Treatment Methods
Aside from radiofrequency ablation, there are four other ways to prevent varicose veins from growing worse, according to Stanford Health Care:
Sclerotherapy is also often suggested for small veins. This involves injecting a chemical into a vein to damage its inside lining.
Autumn McSwain is just one example of a varicose vein treatment success story. The 39-year-old mother of four can now wear shorts for the first time in 18 years, when she was pregnant with her first child.
“I had been struggling with this pain since I was 21 and I couldn’t imagine how something so simple could change my life so much,” McSwain confessed.
Contact Vein Medical Spa For More Information
Speak to the experienced professionals at Vein Medical Spa in Queens, New York City to learn more about how to take care of your varicose veins this season. We provide quick consultations that include effective therapeutic management. Our services include radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy, and we accept most health insurance plans. Call us today at (718) 942-9355.
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