Wednesday, August 21, 2013

4 Reasons to Employ Minimally Invasive Surgery to Remove Spider Veins

Spider veins or varicose veins refer to veins that have enlarged and are painful. These are usually found on the legs, although varicose veins may occur in other parts of the body.  Both men and women could have this problem but the effect is worse for women than men. Women hate the bulging veins in their legs because they make their legs unappealing.  In addition, they could also present some health risks.

There are several treatments recommended to reduce enlargement of the vein. Natural treatments include elevating the leg, regular exercise, wearing of special stockings, and applications of some topical gel, which helps reduce inflammation or swelling. However, these treatments are only temporary.  There are surgical procedures such as stripping of the saphenous veins but this could have some complications like deep vein thrombosis and the possibility of infection.

Nowadays, there is a surgical procedure that can help people get rid of the enlargement of their veins safely and this is known as minimally invasive surgery.  One of the experts in this field is Dr. Birkedal, whose training and practice involve using catheter to treat varicose veins. There are five reasons to use this type of surgery when dealing with varicose veins.

First, it is safe. The incision made is very small and after the catheter has been inserted and laser shot is delivered into the vein, the tiny wound is closed. There is no danger of infection of the wound.  The patient does not experience too much, which eliminates trauma.

Second, it is cost effective because there is no need to get admitted to a hospital. The procedure can be done in the doctor’s office. The doctor makes a tiny incision, inserts a catheter and delivers a laser shot, which causes the vein to collapse. The incision is closed and blood is rerouted to other veins.

Third, recovery is quick. After the treatment, the patient could go home right away. Hospitalization and other medications are not necessary.

Fourth, it has no side effects. Since the wound is very small, there is no possibility that it will get infected, such as what happens when stripping and more invasive surgery is performed.  Blood clots may form in the neighboring veins but they could be treated using blood thinners.

With this minimally invasive treatment, sufferers from varicose veins would find a solution to their problem with less expense and time.

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