"The Know" is an informational resource concerning vein treatment options. It contains valuable information for prospective patients, physicians as well as those in the vein treatment industry. We will be regularly posting educational articles, video logs and other pertinent information. We encourage your feedback and welcome any suggestions that you feel may improve the blog.
September 2011 Blog Archive
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Faster Treatment May Prevent Return of Varicose Veins, Study Finds
Published on Monday in the Archives of Dermatology, a recent study shows that a certain vein treatment may be helpful in preventing the return of varicose veins following treatment. This is great news for anybody experiencing the bulging, discoloration, and pain associated with varicose veins.
The study showed that a minimally-invasive treatment called endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT for short, had a lower rate of recurrence than another procedure called high ligation and stripping (HLS), which has been used for decades to treat varicose veins. The latter procedure required an overnight stay in the hospital, while the former is a quick out-patient procedure.
According to the study, patients who had undergone HLS to get rid of varicose veins saw a return of the condition in 23% of the cases. Meanwhile, patients who had undergone EVLT to get rid of varicose veins saw the condition return in 16% of the cases. The data was collected over a two-year period and involved 400 initial patients.
EVLT is becoming more and more popular, and many specialists are not even using stripping and ligation procedures anymore, with most patients opted for the less-invasive treatment path. The findings are welcome news for vein specialists and patients with varicose veins, as it shows that the treatment really is just as effective as the traditional vein stripping and ligation procedures, if not more so.
The best treatment path is prevention, though, so those at higher risk of varicose veins—those with family history, sit or stand for prolonged periods, suffer from high blood pressure, are pregnant or are obese—should elevate their legs, turn to compression stockings, or just get more exercise to help reduce their risk.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
A New Way to Erase Spider Veins--Is It for You?
Are you tired of seeing that web of spider veins across your legs? Well, there is good news for people who are looking to erase spider veins permanently. The USDA approved the use of Asclera treatments in 2010, which is a welcomed procedure for Americans who are bothered by spider veins and want an alternative to sclerotherapy . Asclera injections can now be used for the treatment of small spider veins (1mm in diameter or less) and reticular veins (1 to 3mm).
Proven Track Record
Asclera has been used in Europe for more than four decades. No other injectable or laser treatment for spider veins has been studied as long or has such a proven track record for safety and effectiveness as Asclera. Out of 5 million treatments done in Europe, 86 percent of patients that have participated in studies say they're satisfied or extremely satisfied with the results.
Patients describe Asclera injections as comfortable as it has anesthetic properties which may lessen discomfort. Very few people experience pain from the treatment, while some patients can experience discomfort from foam sclerotherapy and saline solutions.
The main advantage that traditional sclerotherapy has over Asclera is the cost. Sclerotherapy runs between $300 and $400 per session, whereas Asclera is a little more expensive, running closer to $500. With an average of three treatments required to eliminate spider veins, patients can expect to pay about $1,500 for Asclera.
To find out more about Asclera and the best treatment option for your spider veins, click here to find a vein specialist in your area.