Varicose veins can cause many problems:
- 1. Pain, heaviness, aching, leg restlessness, itching and leg muscle cramps
- 2. Swelling
- 3. Rashes
- 4. Brown and red discoroloration
- 5. Skin hardening
- 6. Bleeding
- 7. Blood clots
- 8. Leg ulcers
Ultrassound, as done in our clinic, will reveal the problem. If a solution is possible, we will discuss with you what your treatment options are.
Awareness of the Polish about venous disease of the lower extremities is small while the scale of the problem is huge. Almost every second adult Pole suffers from it. How to recognize the first symptoms of venous insufficiency? – In the initial phase these mostly are night leg cramps, pain, heaviness and itching. Patients complain that they can not find a place. Temporary relief brings them changing position, then the pain comes back again. We most often find the cause in deficiency of magnesium and minerals. Meanwhile, the stagnation of blood in the veins is responsible for this condition. Standing or sitting causes enlargement of legs veins, that is why after all day we have clearly heavier legs. When we lie down a large volume of expanded veins causes involuntary muscle and vessels contraction what causes pain.
Varicose veins need to be treated
Untreated varicose veins are not just a cosmetic defect. Expanding varicose veins can lead to thrombosis and difficult to heal ulcers. Therefore, it is not worth to neglect them. There are three basic methods of treatment of varicose veins: surgical method, sclerotherapy, or chemical injections and laser. Compression therapy, the use of compression stockings or socks against varicose veins is basically a supplementary method to the three mentioned above. – Surgical method involves making an incision along the leg and pulling with the hooks of large venous vessels. It does not solve the problems with the “spiders”, so the aesthetic is still unsatisfactory. Laser removal of varicose veins is done by cutting vessels and a laser introduction, and then burning the changed vessel with laser beam. The procedure is suitable for long straight vessels, but will not work in the case of varicose veins whirl. Sclerotherapy is drug administration to the interior of the vessel using a thin needle. This method makes it possible to treat both large and long-term changes in venous ulcers as well as minor cosmetic changes.
The drug used in sclerotherapy, causing inflammation, allows for closure and vascular fibrosis, and the blood automatically searches for a different way to the heart through healthy veins. The effect of closing the vessel can be seen at once, although the final you have to wait a bit. It all depends on the size of the venous changes. Just one such session is sufficient in approximately 85 percent of patients, two in approximately 15 percent, and one to two percent requires more thereof. Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia and is virtually painless. The patient functions normally after the procedure. It is woth for a few weeks to avoid overheating legs i.e. in a sauna or solarium or long sunbathing. But the other summer pleasures are not contraindicated. What is also imprtant, removed varicose veins will not return.
Did you know?
Risk factors for thrombosis during a long journey or flight are the same as during surgery. People who have trouble with the veins should therefore apply preventive varicose compression products (socks, stockings). Some airlines do not allow pregnant women on board, if you do not have that kind of protection.