The Pros and Cons of Varicose Vein Treatment

The Pros and Cons of Varicose Vein Treatment

Are you considering varicose vein treatment but you’re not sure what to do? When contemplating any medical procedure, it’s important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of having that procedure or not having it. To help you make a well informed decision on this matter, we want to arm you with certain facts about varicose vein treatment.

It should be stated at the outset that the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to modern day varicose vein treatment. This wasn’t always the case as the older methods of treating varicose veins involved invasive surgery that carried a much higher risk of infection and long painful recovery times. Furthermore, the ultimate outcome using these old methods was often for the varicose veins to grow back just as bad as they were before medical intervention. In stark contrast to these old methods, modern day varicose vein treatment methods produce a very high success rate, involve little to no pain, and the recovery time can be as fast as a few hours to a day!

Okay, now let’s talk about some of the biggest pros of modern day varicose vein treatment.

Cons of Varicose Vein Treatment

1. You’ll Lower Your Serious Health Risks

If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to more troubling health issues. The most serious risk of untreated varicose veins is the formation of blood clots. Blood clots that form from varicose veins that are located in the veins close to the surface of the skin are known as superficial venous thrombosis or superficial thrombophlebitis. When blood clots form in the deeper veins, this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT). In either case, it’s possible for the blood clot(s) to detach from the vein wall and lodge in the lungs or brain creating a life threatening situation. However, this is far more likely to occur in DVT clots because these clots do not adhere as firmly to the vein wall. Untreated varicose veins can also occasionally “bleed out” if you happen to injure the skin around that area. Additionally, those with untreated varicose veins are also at a higher risk for leg ulcers, especially around the ankle region.

2. You’ll Feel Better!

For many people, varicose veins cause a persistent pain in the legs. For others, they find their legs are itchy or tingly which can turn into a situation that is almost as unbearable as a bad case of poison ivy that never heals! This can also cause sleep problems because some people find that the only way to get the pain, tingling, or itching to go away, at least temporarily, is to shake their legs. Chronically swollen legs (edema) is another problem often associated with untreated varicose veins. This can give one a “heavy leg” feeling which can zap your energy and make you feel lethargic. Varicose vein treatment can eliminate all these bothersome symptoms and make you feel a lot better.

3. You’ll Look Better!

Needless to say, varicose veins are not pretty. In some cases, they can become quite hideous in fact. For many people, beyond the health benefits, varicose vein treatment offers a chance to have a cosmetic makeover. As a result, you’ll get a younger looking body which can of course give you a boost to your mental well being and spirit.

Okay, now let’s talk about the cons to varicose vein treatment. First, to reiterate what we explained above, the modern treatments come with very few cons compared to the older traditional surgical stripping methods. However, there are a few minor risks we’ll mention for completeness sake.

There is a very minor risk of a blood clot developing after a modern varicose vein treatment. In the scientific literature, this risk is accessed at a 0.5% rate on average. However, if you use a well established vein treatment center, like varicose

 Vein Centers, the risk will be even less than this already very low average rate. Furthermore, if a blood clot were to develop during or after the procedure, there are medications that will dissolve the clot before it can become dangerous.

In some foam sclerotherapy treatments, a change in skin coloration around the area, also known as skin staining, can occur. However, this discoloration almost always disappears over time. In rare cases, nerve damage can occur that causes numbness or tingling in the area. However, this was a much more prevalent occurrence with the old techniques than the modern ones.

When selecting a varicose vein treatment center, it is best to look for one that has been in business a long time and has an excellent track record, such as the Metro Vein Centers. You can determine this by word of mouth and by reading online reviews. You’ll also want to look for a vein center that offers a free consultation so you can get a first hand impression of the professionalism of the staff and the procedures they most highly recommend. If, for example, they immediately recommend surgical stripping (an old technique with far more risks) without first trying a non-invasive technique, that would be a huge red flag.

Mark Blackwell

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