What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are veins under the skin of the legs, which have become widened, bulging, and twisted. It is prone to bleeding and ulcers.
Raised pressure in these veins also encourages the development of spider veins and discoloured areas which look like bruises.
What are the symptoms?
Other than cosmetic embarrassment, the most common symptoms of varicose veins are, aching, discomfort and heaviness of the legs ankle and feet swelling dry, itchy and thin skin over the affected vein burning or throbbing in the legs open sores or ulcers bleeding after minor injury
Varicose veins can get worse over the years. It causes damage to the skin near the ankle, which can become brown in colour, sometimes with scarred white areas. Eczema (a red skin rash) and ulcer can develop. Skin changes are therefore a good reason for going to see a vascular surgeon. In some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis. If you have this problem, you may need treatment for it.
Other problems which varicose veins can occasionally produce:
Phlebitis (sometimes called thrombophlebitis) means inflammation of the veins, and is often accompanied by some thrombosis (clotting of blood) inside the affected veins, which become hard and tender.
Risk of bleeding as a result of knocking varicose veins.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Varicose veins are associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in some patients. If you feel that your varicose veins are presenting any of these symptoms, you should see a vascular surgeon. What tests are there to investigate varicose veins?
It is important to accurately locate the site of the valve leaks. An ultrasound scan (duplex) performed will allow detailed examination of your deep veins particularly if there is a past history of deep vein thrombosis.
We use the latest techniques in the treatment of varicose veins. This ranges from surgery to minimally invasive techniques of Laser ablation of the varicose veins and foam sclerotherapy. The minimally invasive techniques can be performed as day-case, which means patients are discharged on the same day of procedure, with less pain.
Normal activities are resumed almost immediately. The spider veins can be injected with a sclerosing substance to shrink the veins and make them less visible. Other techniques such as laser or thermal treatment of spider veins are also available.
EVLT is a gentle and extremely effective procedure that ensures patient comfort during and after treatment. for varicose veins which is especially appropriate for patients at risk.
In particular patients who take for example blood-thinning medication or expect a local anesthesia benefit from this therapy.
The whole treatment with a radially energy emitting Laser takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. During the treatment as well as afterwards, the patient is feeling hardly any or no discomfort at all. Additionally the laser procedure highly reduces the risk of bleeding. Patients can return to their daily activities directly after the treatment.
During the laser procedure with the highly innovative radially energy emitting Laser, a light conducting laser fiber is introduced into the vein to be treated and seals the varicose expanded vein. Subsequently the treated varicose vein will then be broken down by the body.
Venous reflux disease is a common condition. More than 22 million patients in Germany suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, pain and swelling of lower limbs. Women are three times more often affected than men. Reasons are mainly a congenital connective tissue weakness, hormonal influences and restrictions on freedom of movement for example in seated or standing professions.
Patients choosing this treatment will benefit from the following advantages :
- A virtually pain free recovery
- Maximum patient comfort
- Short treatment times
- No Scarring
- Little of no post-operative bruising
- Excellent medical and cosmetic results
- Quick return to normal activities