Are defined as veins that have developed abnormally high pressure within the vein causing it to dilate and bulge above the skins surface in a tortuous pattern. Varicose Veins affect both men and women of all ages but in general mostly begin to appear in the 20’s. Varicose veins do occur more frequently in people with a strong family history of veins which are more prone to deterioration and are more easily aggravated by occupations that involve prolonged standing. In women pregnancy is a significant stimulus for varicose veins to appear.
Varicose veins seen bulging above the skins surface are usually associated with pressure being transmitted by abnormal hidden veins due to faulty vein valves which are more prone to deterioration due to hereditary factors (Great Saphenous Vein, Anterior Accessory Saphenous Vein, Small Saphenous Vein and abnormal Perforating Veins).
Symptoms caused by leg varicose veins include, localized pain, general aching, leg fatigue, heaviness, burning sensations, itchiness, throbbing, swelling, cramping and restless legs. However not all patients with varicose veins experience symptoms and believe their concern is only cosmetic which can be misleading as there are real medical consequences of leaving varicose veins untreated. This includes progression with worsening veins, and the appearance of leg rashes, skin discoloration, small blue veins on the feet that are prone to bleeding and leg ulcers all indicative of advancing vein problems.
How do we treat Varicose Veins?
All patients require an initial consultation to clarify the patients concern and investigation with a duplex scan to clearly identify the source of the abnormal pressure being transmitted into the veins causing them to dilate and stop functioning. The source is usually the hidden veins mentioned above and these usually require a combination of treatments that include Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS), and Modified Ambulatory Phlebectomy (MAP) to provide the best definitive and permanent result.
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UGFS- UGFS is considered a safe and effective method for the eradication of small to medium varicose veins and to large varicose veins just prior to their removal with Modified Ambulatory Phlebectomy. This procedure is performed using ultrasound to locate and visualize the hidden abnormal veins which are then injected with sclerosant detergent causing it to seal up that initiates the process of absorption. Some practitioners prefer to remove the injected large varicose veins under local anesthetic which improves the healing and reduces pigmentation and inflammatory changes.
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