Varicose Veins Review
The Whys and Treatments For Varicose Veins
Veins carry blood from the heart and lungs throughout the body. They are unseen most of the time, but sometimes they may bulge and be unsightly. The bulging veins are commonly known as spider veins or varicose veins.
Varicose veins can affect both men and woman; however, they are usually more common, in woman. There isn’t an age restriction for this condition but its mostly seen in both sexes after age 50 and can be seen in woman during childbearing years. Varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body but affect the legs and hips more often. It’s really not known what causes varicose veins but there are some contributing factors as to why you may have varicose veins.
A blocking of blood in the vein, genetics, or a weakness in the vein wall are all contributing factors. There are also some diseases that cause inflammation of the veins that can contribute to this condition. When this condition is caused by a blocking of blood it is called a backup. Backups can cause poor circulation.
Poor circulation not only can become aggravating by cramping and pain, it causes that annoying tingling fell asleep symptom. A good therapy for the poor circulation is support hose. Support hose are also used to treat varicose vein conditions. Keeping and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and age can be beneficial. As with most conditions involving the lower extremities keeping a healthy weight is always a benefitting factor in treatment and relief from symptoms. Exercise is also a benefitting factor to relieve symptoms and can aid in weight control.
Varicose veins are more of a cosmetic problem, especially in woman, than it is a systematic problem, unless ulcers become a concern, when as treatment will be necessary. There are a few types of treatments that have been around for decades to treat varicose veins. The stripping of the veins has been used since the early 50′s, and sclerotherapy since the 20′s. Both of these treatments are considered surgical procedures.
Like any surgeries recouping depends on each individual. Pain occurs from stripping after the anesthesia wears off. The severity and tolerance of pain varies in each individual, but usually occurs at the incision site. A factor in the degree of pain one experiences also, depends on how deep the vein is and where it is located.
A needle is used to inject hypertonic saline solution into the vein. The degree of pain from this procedure also depends on a person’s tolerance level, but the injection will cause burning, cramping and pain while being introduced into the vein. The size of the needle plays a role in degree of pain too. Some doctors will add a mild anesthesia to the solution to help with the discomfort.
Vascular and general surgeons perform the most procedures for varicose veins. While dermatologists are known to perform sclerotherapy.. Some plastic surgeons, general surgeons, and vascular surgeons will also perform sclerotherapy. It would be in your best interest, as with any surgery, to get a second opinion from another healthcare professional before having any procedure.posted and updated by Steven Bates