Varicose veins are circulatory ailments that mainly affect the superficial veins of the legs. They are permanent and pathological swellings of “sick” veins which lose their physiological function. Approximately 10% of the population suffers from varicose veins with a higher proportion of women affected than men (at a ratio of 7 to 1).
Up to 80% of those suffering from varicose veins can attribute their causes to heredity or hormones. However, other causes include pregnancy, obesity and some types of activities such as when a person remains standing for a prolonged time.
According to our medical experience, the two most effective methods for the treatment of varicose veins are Sclerotherapy and microsurgery.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive and non surgical procedure. It is performed in the office by injecting the varicose veins with different vein sclerosing agents. Depending on the patient, it can be performed in one or more sessions with permanent results. For most, treatment is complete after one visit; however, occasionally, a patient may need a follow up treatment should the varicose veins return.
The Microsurgery for varicose veins is a technique whereby local anesthesia is administered followed by micro incisions to the skin in order to remove the dilated varicose veins. This quick, easy technique allows the patient to be back to normal activity almost immediately; however, it is recommended that patients wear compression stockings for at least two weeks after treatment.