Varicose Vein Clinic
Specialized Help for Unsightly Veins
Varicose Veins are unsightly because they are thick, bulge up below the surface of the skin, and are dark blue in color. Unlike smaller spider veins, these are not likely to respond to creams, electrical current, or laser treatments. In addition to being ugly and highly visible, the veins indicate a more serious problem that requires medical attention form a varicose vein clinic or hospital. Faulty valves in the veins caused by poor circulation do not keep blood moving. The blood pools and clogs the veins rendering them useless.
Legs become weak as circulation decreases. The veins begin to throb, burn, and become very painful. Circulation can even get to the point where more veins become apparent. The condition is common among severe diabetics, heavy smokers, those with heart disease, people who have lived a sedentary lifestyle, and those who are obese. People with chronic conditions involving the circulatory system are also prone to these veins.
Prior to treatment, testing may be conducted to determine which course of action will provide the best solution. Tests are typically completed at a vein clinic Melbourne. The most common treatments are sclerotherapy and ligation. The procedure of sclerotherapy is minimally-invasive and is done on an outpatient basis.
A chemical solution is injected into affected veins and causes them to collapse. Over the next two to six months the walls of the veins stick together and are broken down by the immune system. The particles are then flushed from the body. Patients are instructed to walk for at least half an hour daily for three to five weeks after the procedure.
Side effects include swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Complications are rare, but patients still need to be aware of them. Nerve or tissue damage may occur if the chemical is injected in the wrong spot. An allergic reaction to the chemicals is also a risk.
The surgical procedure is called ligation or stripping the veins. This may require one or two nights in the hospital. Incisions are made, and the veins are removed manually be the surgeon. The leg is wrapped in compression bandages that must remain in place until taken off during a follow up visit. Walking is essential after this surgery. In addition to the same side effects noted above, scarring and infection to the skin in the presence of ulcers are risks.
There is no guarantee that the leg will be free of future faulty veins. In severe cases when surgery is not effective, amputation may be required. Do not hesitate to seek treatment when veins first begin to throb or bulge.