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Treatment options for people suffering from painful spider veins (varicose veins)

Birmingham's aging population has many cases of varicose veins. These can be treated by a number of options that were not available a few years ago.

Varicose veins treatment also termed as endovenous ablation is used for burning the varicose veins. Varicose veins grow into abnormally big sizes especially in legs. In a healthy body the blood travels from the heart to the other parts of the body via arteries and back towards the heart through veins. Veins consist of valves which ensure that the blood does not flow back to the body parts. If these valves are not functioning properly then the veins become enlarged and allow the blood with less amount of oxygen to go back towards the legs because of the pull of gravity. Laser therapy is used to close such abnormal veins.

Varicose veins treatment is used for removing symptoms of enlarged veins. Varicose veins are not life-threatening; however the symptoms accompanying the condition may become unbearable. These symptoms include swelling around the affected area, irritation due to ulcers, pain and pale coloration. Varicose veins often cause problem in blood circulation. Before undergoing varicose veins treatment the person should let the doctor know about all the medicines or even supplements being currently taken. This is because some anesthetics may not suit the person or may react with the medication being taken. Doctors advise the person to not consume non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin for some time.

Casual clothes should be worn as much as possible during the treatment and wearing tight clothes should strictly be avoided. The procedure of varicose veins treatment involves the use of a radiofrequency monitor, an ultrasound machine, catheter and a laser fiber electrode. The ultrasound machine is basically used for checking the exact state of the blood vessels and exactly which vein is to be burned. With the help of a transducer, the image of the affected area is scanned and produced on the radiofrequency monitor. The principle behind this procedure is the measurement of time, frequency and strength of the waves which echo from the affected veins.

The catheter is inserted into the affected vein and then a radiofrequency electrode is further made to go via the catheter towards the affected area. The affected abnormal vein is subjected to radiofrequency or laser waves and burned after a specific amount of heat is transferred to the vein.

An interventional radiologist is the specialist who carries out the varicose veins treatment. The procedure is not time consuming and the person need not be admitted to the hospital. The leg being treated for varicose veins is first sterilized to avoid any complications. Normal routine can be resumed almost immediately but travel by air and sitting for long durations should be avoided as much as possible. Varicose veins can be easily controlled and even avoided by following a healthy diet, losing weight and doing regular exercise.

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