what to expect after varicose vein surgeryIf you are one of the many who suffer from the varicose curse, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are now more ways to find treatment for your ailment. Technology and medical expertise have come a long way towards specializing in vascular treatment. However, as treatments become more common and more centers open up, you have to make decisions and choose from the best options. This is especially important if you are going to have surgery.

Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, many people receive vein treatment with positive results. Keep in mind that like any other surgery, varicose vein surgery will also have some of its complications and side effects that you can expect after having varicose vein surgery.

The most significant complication that arises from varicose vein surgery is that of a blood clot forming in the veins. This blood clot that breaks off and travels to the lung veins, causing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism is one of the complications of varicose veins.

But good news, this complication can be minimized if you choose a good and efficient doctor for varicose vein surgery. A good doctor or surgeon will use ultrasound guidance to visualize the veins during the procedure.

Talking about the possible side effects of varicose vein surgery, then these are as following:

  1. Slight soreness
  2. A tingling sensation or numbness over the thighs and calves. These sensations are often temporary and can be relieved by medication.​
  3. In rare cases, patients may develop some darkening (pigmentation) in the area of the skin which has been treated. This darkening can be effectively treated with skin creams.
  4. Bruising and tenderness – After EVLA, the patients may have some discomfort, which is typically alleviated by wearing a compression stocking.
  5. A small chance of infection – Infection has been reported in less than one in 1,000 cases after varicose vein surgery, and it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.
  6. Damage to the blood vessel – This includes bruising or bleeding at the puncture site and infection. However, extraordinary precautions are taken to mitigate these risks.
  7. Thermal (heat) damage to nerves – A few instances of this side effect have been recorded in patients after varicose vein surgery, but they are rare and usually go away in a short period of time.
  8. Thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the vein) – Not uncommon, this side effect may cause pain and redness to the treated area. Thrombophlebitis usually responds well to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Once you are done with varicose vein surgery then it will take 2 to 4 weeks to recover completely. However, your recovery will depend on the intensity of your varicose veins. Fortunately, you can walk and keep all your daily activities normal because walking keeps blood moving through normally functioning veins.

But there are certain things you can experience after varicose vein surgery and on the top, you can expect your leg to be bruised at first. You may need to wear a tight bandage called compression dressing on your legs for the first few days after surgery.

As part of the healing process, you should avoid prolonged standing and wearing shoes that can interfere with the quality of your blood circulation. In addition to this, make sure you provide your feet with enough rest and wear medicinal socks if recommended by your surgeon. An important disadvantage is that varicose veins cannot be prevented completely, especially if the disease exists in the family.

 

varicose veins laser treatment grand junctionOne thing you should always keep in mind is the treatment of varicose veins depends on how severe varicose veins are. The treatments include complex medical care, surgical or laser treatment to help prevent serious disabling complications, and cosmetic procedures that reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The proper diagnosis of varicose veins includes a physical examination and additional medical testing as needed. Ultrasound evaluation is one of the most important tests performed to diagnose varicose veins. An accurate ultrasound test will help determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

In order to completely remove varicose veins, the problem veins must be destroyed or removed. That’s not to say they will not come back, but the problem veins causing you problems now will be gone following destruction or removal. Varicose vein laser treatment is one way to destroy problem veins. These procedures work by exposing the problem vein to laser energy, which heats the vein and causes it to collapse. The vein will close and seal off completely. It will eventually be absorbed by the body’s natural processes.

Conservative methods of treatment such as wearing compression stockings, exercising, or losing weight may relieve symptoms such as pain or heaviness in the legs. However, these treatments do not get rid of them completely. The problem veins will persist if they are not destroyed or removed through a procedure such as a laser treatment.

One common laser vein treatment is called endovenous laser ablation. This is done in a doctor’s office, in about an hour. This technique is like a high-tech version of sclerotherapy. This procedure involves the insertion of a laser fiber into the faulty vein. The fiber then releases laser energy, which heats the vein and causes it to collapse. The vein is no longer able to carry blood, so other veins in the area take over. Over time, the body will remove the fibroid varicose vein. This problem vein will be gone forever. However, recurrence is something to watch out for no matter the treatment. This is known as the “no-surgery, no-scar” way of removing painful varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment is becoming the “gold standard” method of varicose vein removal.

Some vein specialists might recommend certain lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of recurrence. These may include walking periodically if you sit down for most of the day, or sitting down periodically if you are on your feet for most of your day. Exercise and weight loss may be recommended, and some may recommend a change in diet. Heredity may play a role in the presence of varicose-veins, so inform your doctor if a family member has suffered or is suffering from varicose veins. Prevention may be your best bet in dealing with this venous condition.

Laser treatments are often more popular than the traditional surgical procedures because they are less invasive. They may be used to remove smaller spider veins, and some laser procedures such as endovenous laser ablation may remove larger varicose veins. Make sure you discuss this with your doctor before you receive treatment or undergo any procedure.

Grand Junction Vein Center specializes in laser treatments for varicose veins. Call us today at 970-242-8346 for a free vein screening!

varicose veins from standingAs we already know, weakness and poor circulation in leg veins are a major cause of varicose and spider veins. The main purpose of these veins is to return blood from the lower limbs to your heart to be oxygenated and recirculates. If your leg veins are weak, blood may pool in your lower legs causing pressure and eventually varicose veins. Standing for long periods is hard on leg veins. It tends to cause poor circulation and can produce swelling and aching in the legs unless you are doing some activities or movements while you are standing.

It is necessary to take some precautions when you are on your feet a lot because when you are standing for a long time, it can get collect in the veins and the reduced blood flow sets up the perfect conditions for varicose veins and spider veins.

The deep veins inside your lower legs are encased by your calf muscles and connective tissues. These deeper veins need to be strong and contracting efficiently to pump the blood back up to the heart.

If your calf muscles are weak, your circulation will be weak. That is the reason it is so important to practice a few simple forms of exercise on a regular basis to strengthen your calf muscles and increase blood flow.

Just because the valves have stopped working though does not mean to say that varicose veins are immediately imminent, as the damage is caused over time to the tissues. So people who stand for long periods are not more prone to varicose veins, but standing makes the problem come to light sooner.

Try these simple exercises and stop suffering from varicose veins:

  1. While standing, raise your heels and get up on your tip-toes as high as you can. Let heels down again. Do this 15 or 20 times, relax for a few minutes, then repeat.
  2. Walking causes a therapeutic reaction in the body that results in better circulation especially in the lower limbs. Take short breaks several times a day to walk. Increase walking time from 15 minutes to 45 minutes at least three times a week.
  3. Stretch leg muscles often and shift your weight from a sitting or standing position to do other physical activities that will improve your blood circulation.

If you do consistent, moderate exercises like these several times a week for several months, you will reduce the swelling of your varicose veins and prevent more from forming in the future. Your legs will feel great and you will have more energy, attractiveness, and get-up and go!

 

varicose veins diagnosisVaricose Vein Diagnosis

 

The diagnosis of venous disorders including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency requires an examination and tests performed by a qualified physician who specializes in venous diseases. These physicians are called Phlebotomists. A Phlebotomist is a specialist with the most modern tools, techniques, and knowledge of the diagnosis of the etiology of venous disorders. Diagnosis usually begins with an office visit where the physician or his/her staff will gather some initial information from the patient.

 

The physician will gather more detailed medical pertained information from the patient. This information may include a detailed history of the patient’s medical conditions and symptoms the patient is experiencing. Next, a thorough physical exam of the legs is performed to evaluate the extent of the varicose vein disease. The physician may also examine the abdominal, pelvic, and perineum area as well. Varicosities in these areas may indicate venous disorders of the deep system and intra-abdominal veins or liver disease.

 

After the physical exam is completed the physician will decide if any additional tests are needed to evaluate the venous system and the vein valves. The standard test for this is a duplex ultrasound. Most Phlebotomists have the equipment and the expertise to perform this test in their office. They will also have the credentials to interpret the results of the exam. If not, the patient may be referred to another facility for the test.

 

The detection of blood flow and the presence of certain veins call for a very advanced form of ultrasound technology. When most people think of ultrasound, they think of the fairly limited ultrasound used to detect babies in the womb of mothers.

Duplex ultrasound varies greatly from the traditional ultrasound used to check on unborn babies as well as common gynecological disorders such as ovarian cysts, in that it combines two forms of technology. Duplex combines conventional ultrasound technology with Doppler ultrasonography.

 

You might ask what Doppler Ultrasound Technology is.

Traditional ultrasound uses sound waves to bounce off of blood vessels and create a picture within the body. Doppler ultrasound records sound waves as they reflect off of moving objects rather than just stationary blood vessels. It can reflect off of blood and other things moving within the body and measure speed and other aspects of flow.

 

During the examination:

 

  1. You will be wearing a medical gown and gel will be spread over the area that will be examined.
  2. A wand, called a transducer, will be moved over the area and it sends out sound waves.
  3. A computer measures sound waves and change them into pictures.
  4. You will hear a swishing sound which is the sound of your blood moving through the arteries and veins.

 

 

At the completion of the visit, the physician will explain all the treatment options available to the patient. The patient should ask questions about the cost, complications, advantages, and disadvantages of all the treatments. The patient should also ask questions concerning the physician’s qualifications to perform any treatment procedures. Treatment of varicose veins and venous diseases include the conservative treatment of wearing compression stockings. Other treatments include sclerotherapy, surgery, and endovenous laser ablation procedures.

 

 

varicose vein definition grand junctionOne of the most universal laws that we are taught during school is the law of gravity, which states that everything that goes up must go down. Everything is supposed to follow this model but of course, our incredible body is able to violate this law in its own way. The job of our heart is to pump blood to allow it to circulate all around our body in order to provide oxygen to all of our tissues. When the blood reaches our legs, our veins have to do the impossible, push the blood against gravity and bring it back to our lungs. The veins have special pumps that will make this process possible. Since our veins are under a lot of pressure, this process might not occur as it was designed to occur and when this happens, varicose veins are formed.

We can define Varicose Veins as ”Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They happen when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool.’’

Varicose veins are formed when some of the blood that is supposed to be pumped back to the lungs stays behind and as it accumulates it ends up modifying the shape of the vein making it appear bigger. Also, since the blood has been depleted of oxygen, it appears to blue, which is the color of blood with no oxygen. In concept, all veins have the potential of becoming varicose but the ones that most commonly become varicose are the ones on the legs and ankles because of the pressure our body exerts on them. Spider veins are pretty much the same thing as varicose veins but differ mainly on the size (they are smaller).

Most of the times varicose veins carry no consequences, but sometimes they might be indicative of some circulatory problems. Usually, the main concerns with varicose veins are cosmetic. It is also important to know that they are more commonly found in women. Also, pregnant women are high to develop varicose veins because of the extra pressure on the legs, the change in blood flow due to the varying needs of the fetus, and changes in hormone levels, and as stated above this condition is also hereditary, so if someone in your family has varicose veins, chances are that you might develop them too.

There are some measures that you can take in order to get rid of varicose veins like wearing special stockings designed to facilitate the job of the veins by promoting better circulation that in turn will help the vein regain its original size. Also, your doctor can provide you with other options like laser surgery, in which a beam of light is directed into the target vein and will remove varicose veins. Surgery is another possible option that will help to get rid of them. You should also keep in mind that varicose veins are preventable to some degree by keeping a healthy weight and exercising regularly.

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