5 Life-Changing Benefits of Vein Repair Surgery
Did you know that varicose veins affect about 40 million men and women every year? Before vein repair surgery became an effective way to treat varicose veins, people had to live with the unsightly and painful condition.
This condition is not curable, but treatable, and home remedies such as creams or supplements are often ineffective.
Read on to learn why so many people choose vein repair surgery.
How Do Varicose Veins Form
Varicose veins are the bulging, blue-like veins that stick out from under your skin, commonly found on the legs. Sometimes veins will not budge, but can still be felt under the surface of your skin, and be just as painful.
Not only are they be painful, but they can also cause damage to the skin and bring out dangerous health conditions.
Your legs work hard to carry blood from your feet to your heart. As the blood flows valves in your vessels keep it moving and stop it from clogging.
If these valves begin to weaken, blood stops moving and collects in your veins, resulting in mounting pressure on your veins. Your body starts widening the vein to accept the ever-growing vein, which is what causes the bulging.
Damaged veins are unable to be repaired.
The jury is still out as to what exactly causes the valves to weaken, but some thoughts are tied to lack of exercise, and even genetics can play a role in the formation of varicose veins. People of all ages can suffer.
Obesity and prolonged standing do not cause varicose veins directly, but it can worsen the symptoms.
Pregnancy also increases your risk.
Types of Vein Repair Surgery
Vein stripping used to be the primary treatment for varicose veins. This treatment was incredibly invasive, required a considerable amount of recovery time, and the results were not always promising.
With technological improvements, less invasive treatments are available and considered a safe and practical approach to taking care of varicose veins.
There are a few options for vein surgery:
Ambulatory microphlebectomy is a treatment where a small incision is made to remove the problem vein. This procedure ensures the vein cannot return.
Ambulatory microphlebectomy is best for patients with bulging veins that don't respond to other treatments.
It's an outpatient surgery done with local anesthetic.
Sclerotherapy is the most popular choice for varicose vein treatment.
With sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the vein. This process sends the pooled blood in your veins into surrounding veins. The damaged vein is dissolved into the tissue.
Pain is minimal, and the entire procedure takes less than an hour. Patients are usually able to resume regular activity (like going back to work!) the same day.
Endovenous Laser Surgery
Endovenous laser surgery is often painless, with short recovery time and produce more permanent results. Varicose vein laser surgery works for smaller, less painful veins. It requires a local anesthetic as well.
Usually, one session of treatment is enough, relief is quick, and many people return to work the same day!
Benefits of Vein Repair Surgery
Vein repair surgery can have life-changing effects.
Here are five benefits you can expect should you choose surgery:
Boost Confidence And Save Time
The blue budging veins can wreak havoc on your confidence, leading to wearing out-of-season clothes, applying concealer, and finding other 'creative' ways to cover them up. You may often find ways to avoid going out, swimming, or other hobbies you enjoy. When you have varicose veins, you must plan your wardrobe.
Having vein repair surgery eliminates the guesswork out going out, so you can enjoy your time and not be worrying about vein exposure.
Avoid Potential Blood Clots
Blood clots are a serious threat to those people suffering from varicose veins. The longer the blood sits inside the vein, the higher the risk for a clot to form. This type of blood clot is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT's effect 300,000 people a year and can become fatal when the clot travels to the lung.
If you have throbbing, burning, or cramps from your veins, seriously consider vein repair surgery, as these symptoms point to aggressive varicose veins. Surgery can dramatically reduce the chances of having a DVT.
The pain from varicose veins can be severe enough to interfere with your lifestyle.
Pain can manifest itself as:
- General discomfort and achiness
- Leg heaviness
All of these can invade your focus with your job, family, and other responsibilities. Vein repair surgery can eliminate the pain.
Since the pain and swelling of varicose veins are so significant, mobility can prove to be challenging. It limits your lifestyle and is especially discouraging if you were once an active person.
Exercise can increase blood flow, and though and is encouraged after surgery.
Restless Leg Syndrome, classified as a sleeping disorder, is common in patients with varicose veins. The pain from your veins is responsible and may cause you to shake them to ward off the pain.
Frequent night waking from restless leg syndrome can interrupt your sleep.
Treatment for your varicose veins can improve your sleep.
Most patients with varicose veins will choose to live with the pain and avoid a surgical consultation because they are concerned it is expensive. Or, they're only familiar with the old vein stripping treatment and are uneducated about other possible treatments.
The good news is that if your doctor deems vein repair surgery a necessity for your condition, your insurance will likely cover it, but it's best to contact them to understand the details and get all your questions answered.
Vein repair surgery has made huge strides and can be a logical solution to eliminate the pain and discomfort of varicose veins.
With some research and a consultation with a doctor that specializes in vein surgery, you could be on your way to a pain-free, happier, and healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Mason at Asheville Surgeons can help answer all your questions about varicose veins, vein repair surgery or other concerns you may have. Contact him today to schedule your consultation.
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