Beside the fact that varicose veins might seem unsightly to some, they can cause major health issues if untreated. Having swollen, enlarged veins just under the surface of their skin can cause concern for many, however, they can be effectively treated. As one of the leading surgeons in private treatment for varicose veins, Dr. Omar Abu-Bakr, The Veins Doctor, has helped many overcome the issue with correct and professional treatment using the latest techniques and equipment. Dr Omar has over 500 excellent five star reviews from his patients.
Here, you’ll find out a bit more about what Private Treatment for Varicose Veins entails
What Exactly Are Varicose Veins?
In normal veins, your body’s blood flows from surface veins in your legs to the deeper veins inside your muscles before being pumped back to your heart. Varicose veins, however, occur due to poor circulation or when your blood is unable to flow properly through the veins in your legs. Because they don’t circulate blood properly, varicose veins are the result of blood flowing in the wrong direction and pooling in the surface veins of your legs due to the failure of valves.
What Are Some of the Most Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can cause discomfort and there are a variety of different symptoms one can experience, such as:
- Swollen Feet and Ankles
- Itching or Burning Over the Veins
- Flaky Skin on the Feet or Legs
- Restless Legs
- Aching or Heaviness in the Legs
- Leg Cramps (especially at night)
- & More
Most of these symptoms can be very uncomfortable and can get worse over time, especially for those who find themselves on their feet a lot. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, visiting a GP or a health practitioner that offers private treatment for varicose veins can provide you with the cure.
How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?
Identification of varicose veins and the type of varicose veins requires detailed diagnosis in order to provide an effective treatment plan for the condition.
This diagnosis should be done with a thorough Doppler-ultrasound scan on both legs.
A quick 5 or 10 minutes scan is never a good option as we have about 160 anatomical variations of veins that can cause varicose veins in each leg. A correct scan takes at least 40 minutes and sometimes even longer depending on severity of the case.
Based on that scan, we can then tailor the best and most effective treatment plan for each patient.
Can I Do Anything to Relieve the Symptoms of My Varicose Veins?
If you have varicose veins that are causing you discomfort, there are some things you can do to reduce discomfort, but this will just delay the onset of more severe symptoms. There is no substitute for the correct diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins but the following might help delay the symptoms:
- Avoid being on your feet too long.
- Sitting with your legs raised and keeping them elevated.
- Wearing compression stockings.
- Trying to do some light physical activity, such as walking or running.
What Are the Different Treatments for Varicose Veins?
Treating varicose veins is a serious medical necessity and not only a pure cosmetic option. There are a number of treatment options out there depending on your needs and the severity of your case.
Once varicose veins are treated correctly, the risk of recurrence is 3% (Three percent).
This specific type of treatment involves using a laser, microwave or radio waves to seal the varicose veins. During the procedure, the area will be treated with a local anesthetic, meaning it will be numb but the patient will be fully awake throughout the process. The surgeon will then access the veins with a needle guided by ultrasound. The needle will be used to insert a small catheter through which a laser’s fibre will be inserted. Whichever device the patient is treated with will then be used to seal the vein and withdrawn afterward. You’ll be able to go home, shopping or to work immediately after the procedure and resume normal activity.
Another common method of varicose vein treatment is foam sclerotherapy, when a chemical foam is injected into your varicose veins, causing them to close up. A patient might require more than one treatment.
This procedure does not require anaesthesia.
Usually, foam sclerotherapy is used as a completing procedure for the main treatment.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
This is the latest method for varicose veins treatment without introducing any catheter in the veins and in 80% of the cases it does not require anaesthesia.
It works by concentrating the Ultrasound energy on the targeted vein – transforming this energy from ultrasound energy to heat energy and kill the vein. The body absorbs the residue afterwards.
How Are Varicose Veins Caused?
Varicose veins are a genetically related problem.
There are a few things that can worsen them, such as:
- Being pregnant (due to increased blood circulation and hormones during pregnancy).
- Standing for long periods at a time in the same position.
- And if you’ve had blood clots or damage to your leg veins in the past.
Are There Any Complications to Having Varicose Veins Over a Long Period of Time?
Like most things, varicose veins get worse with time and age. However, various complications can arise that can exacerbate the symptoms. Firstly, varicose veins can bleed if you bump your leg; although such cuts are often superficial, it’s still important to contact your general practitioner when such an accident happens.
Other common complications include:
- Superficial Vein Thrombosis: This happens when blood clots form in your legs’ superficial veins. This can be a life threating complication that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism.
- Ulcers: If left untreated, the trauma caused by varicose veins on the tissues in the lower calf will lead to ulcers. These can severely affect the quality of life of patients and their families.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: Those with varicose veins are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. This can cause your leg to become swollen and extremely painful. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism. If you suspect you are suffering from these symptoms, then contact a physician immediately.
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With more than 13 years of experience, Dr. Omar Abu-Bakr, (the Veins Doctor) is a leading expert in the field of varicose vein treatment, pioneering a specialized technique to treat huge varicose veins using the radial laser. As a consultant venous surgeon and phlebologist, he’s trained to treat veins of every shape and size. Additionally, The Veins Doctor is also a specialist in general ultrasonography and fluent in English, Arabic, and Romanian.