In a past instalment, we touched on the nature of varicose veins but only hinted at the range of corresponding treatments in our portfolio. Since we recently expanded that range to include two more options, we figure it’s time to take a brief but closer look at the remedies we bring to the table. Of those four, the first we shall consider is the VenaSeal™ closure system. But, before we do, a crash course in varicose veins anatomy is in order, just so we know what we’re talking about.
Veins contain valves whose job it is to prevent backwash of blood travelling to the heart. When one of these valves fails and backwash does occur, it overstretches and weakens the vein wall, causing swelling and distortion of the vein itself and, frequently, leakage of blood into nearby tissues. This gives rise to a characteristically twisted network of purple veins visible just beneath the skin and, sometimes, to the pain and discomfort that can come as a result.
The basic premise of varicose veins treatment is to remove or otherwise eradicate the affected veins so that blood can reroute to healthier channels. There are several ways of accomplishing this, from surgery to more modern laser and chemically-based methods.
VenaSeal™ employs the last approach, delivering a specially-formulated ‘superglue’ directly into the diseased vein, which effectively seals it off and allows the body to absorb it. The procedure is safe, virtually painless, and requires no large incisions, no anaesthetic, and no compression stockings. With results beginning to take effect immediately, the procedure requires only about half an hour to perform, and the patient may return to normal activity straight away.
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According to the Circulation Foundation, a UK-based vascular charity, one in five women and one in 10 men is afflicted with varicose veins—stark figures indeed. But if you happen to be one of the ladies or gentlemen in question, do not despair. It’s not all doom and gloom. Like never before, safe, reliable treatment options are available to you. Not only are these effective, but, importantly, they let you get back on your feet and back to the things you want to do quickly.