Thursday, June 6, 2013

Vein Treatment: What Are Different Options

Varicose and spider veins are among the top cosmetic bummers known to mankind today. They are a prevailing problem among many women, even those who may seem to be a little “too young” to have it. On the brighter side, though, they are rarely a serious condition and their merely being a sore to the eyes is what makes them bothersome for many.

Varicose and Spider Veins Treatments
What causes the appearance of spider and varicose veins?

The causes of varicose and spider veins vary. Some of the most common include the following:
  1. Heredity
  2. Wearing of tight-fitting clothes, particularly jeans or long pants.
  3. Standing or sitting down for long durations.
  4. Sedentary lifestyle
  5. High-sodium, low-fiber diet
  6. Obesity
  7. Pregnancy
  8. Intake of oral contraceptives
  9. Hormonal abnormalities especially among women
Basically, lifestyle modifications can do a lot to prevent the occurrence of varicose and spider veins. Keeping a healthy weight, and at the same time ensuring that the leg muscles are strong and active are keys to keeping these vein problems at bay. Keeping a close watch of one’s sodium intake is also important, as salt promotes water retention. Meanwhile, pregnant women are naturally predisposed to developing varicose veins due to the hormonal surges during this phase. Pregnancy-caused varicose veins, however, are usually temporary and may only last until the sixth month after delivery.

The preventive measures against spider and varicose veins are simply based on their causes. Whatever is causing their development should be avoided or at least minimized. That is of course with the exception of pregnancy and other non-modifiable factors.

What are the available treatment options?
There are quite a handful of ways to get rid of spider and varicose veins; patients just have to choose which one is best for their individual case, budget, as well as their comfort and ease.
The following are some treatment options for varicose veins that you might want to consider:

 1. Sclerotherapy
This is a popular procedure of choice among patients who have varicose vein problems. The specialist injects sclerosant (salt solution) into the damaged vein to elicit a reaction characterized by irritation, swelling, and formation of scar tissue which gradually disappears.  It is an outpatient procedure not taking more than 30 minutes to complete – but would depend on the number of veins to be treated. After the procedure, the patient may drive back home without difficulty or special assistance.

 2. Microsclerotherapy
This is just the same with sclerotherapy, save that this procedure is specially designed for spider vein treatment and not varicose veins.

 3.Laser surgery
Using laser energy, the damaged vein is made to disappear after a number of sessions. The procedure includes directing the laser light on the surface of the skin where the damaged vein is located. This is usually recommended for patients whose varicose or spider veins are smaller and are not severe.

4. Endoscopic vein surgery
This procedure is minimally invasive and makes use of a tiny camera through which the specialist will be able to view the inside of the damaged vein. An incision will first be made near the affected vein, where a catheter will then be inserted into it. A surgical tool at the tip of the catheter will then close off the damaged vein. Southern Vein and Laser Institute as the best in spider and varicose vein treatment New Orleans has to offer.

Carolina Monroe Written by: Carolina
Way To Be Healthy Updated at: 11:40 PM


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