Varicose veins are an unsightly condition that often leaves you desperate and hoping that the throbbing, heaviness, and cramping associated with it disappear as fast as feasible.
Many of you affected by this condition might have considered massage as a treatment option. But is it effective?
Massage on varicose veins does not alleviate the underlying condition and sometimes veins can tend to be more problematic. Essentially, a massage done on varicose veins might worsen the condition. If massage is done on delicate spider veins, the intense pressure applied can damage the veins and may cause them to burst. If massage is done on patients with DVT there are chances that the blood clot may get dislodged and move to the bloodstream which can be dangerous.
Undeniably, massages done by a knowledgeable therapist may offer relief from symptoms like swelling, heaviness, and associated discomfort near the affected area. However, the relief obtained is only temporary and proper medical treatment is essential to ensure improvement in the condition.
What are the various other treatment options?
Is Vein stripping a good practice?
Vein stripping is usually an outpatient procedure, but normally it is performed in the operating room using general or spinal anesthesia to numb the affected area. It is a complicated procedure and carries high chances of reoccurrence of varicose veins.
The recovery time can be several days or even months depending on the procedural complications and the condition of your veins.
How effective is laser ablation of veins?
EVLT (Endovenous Laser Ablation) technique is a minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins. The procedure only takes about an hour, and most patients resume normal activities very quickly.
Ablation is safe and less invasive than surgery. The procedure leaves virtually no scars. It is proved to be more effective with fewer complications and has the additional advantage of offering a much painless recovery when compared to surgery.
Sclerotherapy treatment for Varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats small varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a solution using a small needle directly into the damaged veins, eventually causing them to shrink and disappear.
The procedure is proven effective with several studies reporting that nearly 50% – 80% of damaged veins are eliminated with a single session of treatment. The method also prevents superficial reflux recurrence of the damaged veins.
It is also observed that generally spider veins show good response in three to six weeks and larger varicose veins in about four months.
You should not be suffering or enduring the discomfort caused by varicose veins. You need to find doctors who can offer permanent solutions to alleviate the pain and associated discomfort.
Get your appointment scheduled with our experts at Avis Vascular Centre. Talk to our doctors and start with an appropriate treatment based on the severity of your condition.
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