3-Mar-15 4:00 PM  CST

New Hope for Permanent Removal of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not only painful, but to many who have them, unsightly. Varicose veins, which are large and tangled veins close to the surface of the skin, are most common in the areas around the angles and legs. Although varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic issue for most people they can be factor leading to more serious issues. Because varicose veins are weakened valves and veins blood f low to the heart is affected. As blood flow is blocked from the weakened valves within the legs the veins become twisted, enlarged, causing pressure to built within the vein.

Treatment of varicose veins has never been easy, but recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a treatment that gives promise to those affected by varicose veins. VenaSeal is a new treatment system for treating varicose veins that uses and adhesive agent to seal off blood flow to affected veins. Sealing off the affected veins stops the accumulation of blood to the affected vein and therefore significantly decreases the risk of symptoms and the potential for blood clots, which may cause much more serious issues.

With the newly approved treatment, which is manufactured by Covidien, is the first treatment system to use an adhesive to permanently treat varicose veins. A catheter is inserted into the vein to be treated so that the sealing adhesive can be targeted directly to the vein. Prior to this system varicose veins had to be treated by either cutting of the veins or heat. VenaSeal allows the patient to be treated in the office making the procedure less invasive than prior treatments and much easier for patients to recover.

Symptoms of varicose veins include veins that turn dark blue or purple in color, heavy or achy feeling in the legs, burning, throbbing and cramping of the legs, itching around the vein, and increased pain when sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Patients that believe they may have varicose veins should visit their physician discuss potential treatment options.

 

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MayoClinic, (2015), “Varicose Veins”, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/basics/symptoms/con-20043474, retrieved, 28. February 2015

 

Preidt, R. (2015) “FDA Oks New Varicose Vein Treatment “WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20150220/fda-oks-new-varicose-vein-treatment, retrieved, 28 February, 2015


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Kelley Simmons
 
Source: Sandy Andrews, CPhT, BLS  

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