Tell everyone about it! Today we are going to tell you everything you need to know about removing varicose veins. According to experts, 75% of Spaniards have varicose veins or a similar issue such as: heavy legs, tingling, cellulitis…Hormonal disorders, lack of exercise, pregnancy, excess weight, smoking and genetic propensity are some of the factors that lead to these problems. This issue can affect both men and women, however, due to hormonal problems, women are more prone to vascular issues than men.
At Nordetia we offer the most advanced and effective techniques available to remove varicose veins both non-surgically and using minimally invasive microsurgery procedures. Read on to find out more.
What are varicose veins?
They are permanent dilations of superficial veins, most commonly occurring in the legs. The condition only affects humans, and so far no single cause has been identified.
What are the symptoms?
In addition to varicose veins (a sign of vascular disease), the most common symptoms are pain, heavy legs, cramps and swelling of the legs.
Why is it important to remove varicose veins?
Varicose veins are not a purely aesthetic issue; they are also indicative of a serious pathology that should not be underestimated, as it has a significant negative effect on quality of life: night cramps, feeling of heaviness, numbness, burning sensation, itching and swollen feet and ankles.
Varicose veins can appear in different parts of our body, such as the pelvis, oesophagus or digestive tract, although they are most commonly found in the legs.
How many types of varicose veins are there?
Broadly speaking, there are 2 types of varicose veins in the legs: Saphenous and reticular or “spider” veins.
Are there treatments that can effectively remove varicose veins?
Yes. The choice of one method or another will depend on the type of veins the patient presents and the doctor’s diagnosis. This is done by an ultrasound scan using the venous Doppler test in the affected area. It is therefore essential to undergo preliminary examinations to selecting the most appropriate technique and guarantee the best possible results.
What techniques are used to remove varicose veins?
This technique consists of the infiltration of medication (in liquid or microfoam form) in the varicose vein, causing an alteration in its internal wall which leads to fibrosis and subsequent closure of the treated varicose vein. This solution is totally effective, even in larger varicose veins.
These are procedures performed with infiltration of medication in the form of microfoam or by fitting a catheter into the vein to be treated, which is removed over the course of the procedure. These techniques represent the latest technology in the treatment of large varicose veins.
Minimally invasive microsurgery procedures
This is a microsurgery procedure consisting of the elimination of dilated veins. Out-patient phlebectomy is performed with minimal incisions, which do not require stitches or leave scars.
Aesthetic medical techniques
- Deep pressure therapy: air pressure is used over certain points of the legs to improve blood circulation.
- Radiofrequency ablation: radio waves are used to generate heat and block off the varicose veins.
- Carboxytherapy: carbon dioxide gas is used to improve the blood and lymphatic return that may be causing the varicose veins to appear.
Will they reappear?
Given that the hereditary factor has the most influence on this condition, it is unlikely, but nevertheless feasible that your varicose veins may come back in the future. Some people remain free of them for years, while others unfortunately need to undergo yearly treatment to keep the problem at bay.
Tips for preventing varicose veins
- Avoid standing or sitting for extended periods. If this is not possible, it is advisable to keep your legs moving regularly.
- Walk or do flexion exercises with your feet.
- Rest with your legs raised about 15 cm above the heart to facilitate venous return.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, very hot baths and saunas, as these cause vasodilation and can make the symptoms worse.
- Shower daily running cold water over your legs, starting at the feet and moving upwards in circular motions.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing on the legs and arms is this affects the return of blood through the superficial veins.