The large superficial veins which appear on the legs are also common in the State of Georgia. Varicose veins are generally caused by increased pressure in the saphenous vein. Conditions that lead to increased venous pressure include pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing or sitting and trauma. There are several methods to treat varicose veins and these include:
Vein ligation & stripping: Vein stripping is done under general anesthesia and is an excellent procedure when the entire leg is involved with a large varicose vein. The branches in the groin are tied off to prevent recurrence and then the entire vein is stripped off from the groin to the ankle. The surgery is less often done today because most individuals present much earlier to the physician and there are other less invasive methods available.
Trivex (Vein ligation & Stabs): Trivex utilizes a camera which is placed underneath the skin and the small collection of varicose veins is then removed using special hooks. This procedure does require multiple skin incisions. This procedure is associated with the highest risk of recurrence since the saphenous vein is still left intact.
Minimally invasive: Two relatively new methods of treating varicose veins include EVLT and the Closure method. Both these are performed as outpatients and can be done with local anesthesia. The varicose vein is heat with special probes (laser or radiofrequency ablation) and the vein eventually disappears. Most individuals are satisfied with the results and these two techniques are fast replacing other methods of treating varicose veins. There is little pain afterwards and most individuals resume their normal life style within 24-48 hours.
Can varicose veins recur?
Yes, despite the best treatment and technique, a few branches of the vein may persist and recur. These recurrences can be easily treated with any of the above methods.
How does one prevent varicose veins?
Since there is no cure for varicose veins, prevention is the key. Preventive measures should include:
- Compression stockings
- Controlling weight
- Regular exercises
What is cost of treating varicose veins in Georgia?
Depending on the severity of varicose veins and technique used, the cost may range anywhere from $300-500.
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