Considering leg vein treatment?

March 24, 2015

Did you know we can treat all leg veins non surgically?

Gone are the days of having surgery.  All treatments are well tolerated and involve mild discomfort only. 

Sclerotherapy has been used for spider veins and varicose veins for many decades with great success. It involves an initial consultation with a doctor to address your concerns, obtain a medical history,  examine your legs and lastly develop a treatment plan. It usually requires a few treatments dependent on the number and size of veins needing to be treated.

There is no real down time. A compression stocking will be worn for one to two weeks post each treatment and you can return to work the same day.

 Medicare rebates may apply to treatments dependent on the size of the veins treated.

 What about lasers?  

Well EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment) is a good method to treat large varicose veins. It also has minimal down time.

Vascular lasers like the Cutera Nd:YAG (1064nm) laser is good for spider veins on ones legs, but micro-sclerotherapy remains the gold-standard for surface veins on legs.

 Ahmed has been treating varicose and spider veins at the Me clinic for nine years.

 

 

Some interesting things about varicose veins

We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is important. But did you realize that  being overweight plays a significant role in the development of venous reflux disease in the legs?

Having a significant amount of additional body weight has many negative effects on various body organs and parts (eg. the hips, knees, and ankles take a significant beating over time and the development of diabetes, raised  cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart disease).

The added weight also damages the valves inside the leg veins. The damaged valves cannot carry out their intended function, which is to prevent blood from travelling down the leg veins. As a result, the venous blood pressure in the leg increases and people can begin to experience symptoms including burning, throbbing, aching, cramping, fatigue, heaviness, restlessness, tiredness, itching, swelling, and discoloration of the legs and feet. 

Large, unsightly varicose veins are usually considered to be only treated by surgery. This is no the case nowadays. He have various non surgical walk-in walkout treatment options. These include EVLT (endogenous laser Treatment), Foam UGS (ultrasound guided sclerotherapy) and phlebectomy.

First, It's important to understand what causes those large, ropey veins called varicose veins. Most people with varicose veins have venous reflux disease. However, not all patients with venous reflux disease have varicose veins. In fact, only 40% of patients with venous reflux disease actually have varicose veins. About 20% of patients do not have any visible veins in their legs but have the debilitating symptoms of venous reflux disease. These symptoms include throbbing, aching, cramping, burning, fatigue, heaviness, restlessness, tiredness, itching, and swelling.

A leaky valve problem in a leg vein is usually the underlying cause for varicose veins and venous reflux disease symptoms. The leaky valve in the vein leads to an increase in venous blood pressure. This high pressure causes veins near the surface of the skin to dilate over time. It is very important to treat the underlying cause of venous reflux disease first. Treatment will eliminate the symptoms of venous reflux almost immediately  cause the varicose veins to shrink. The key to successful treatment is properly identifying the underlying veins responsible for the varicose veins and other symptoms.

You have probably heard that crossing your legs and wearing high heels will cause varicose veins, and you've probably wondered if this is true or some old wives tale. In fact, there is some merit in it!

The act of crossing your legs does not cause venous reflux disease, but it can contribute to the overall problem. When men or women cross their legs, it causes the venous blood pressure in their legs to increase. Crossing your legs makes it harder for blood to get out of the legs because it interferes with the flow path and direction of blood from the legs to the heart. The resulting elevated venous pressure puts a strain on the valves inside the leg veins, which can affect valve function over time. Hence promote abnormal veins to form.

Wearing high heels can also contribute to vein disease as its believed that the calf muscles contract less in women wearing high-heeled shoes than those wearing flat bottom shoes. Less blood is pushed out of the leg when the calf muscles do not contract. This causes the venous blood pressure to increase and can stress the valves in the veins. Like crossing the legs, wearing heels can contribute to the overall venous reflux disease problem.

You don't  have to stop crossing your legs or wearing heels, but you should be aware of what you are doing. If you constantly cross your legs or are wearing heels, make an effort to stretch your calf muscles throughout the day to ensure good blood flow in the legs.

 

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