Vein problems can interfere with your quality of life in more than one way. They can cause unwanted issues with your appearance. For many people, this results in a loss of self-esteem and a reduction in self-confidence. Since the vascular conditions are the first things you see when you look in the mirror, you get the thought in your mind that they are the first thing other people notice about you as well.
Varicose veins and spider veins are the two most common vascular conditions that impact a person’s appearance. In addition to appearance, varicose veins can interfere with a person’s quality of life in other ways. They often produce symptoms that can make you feel a significant amount of discomfort. Pain, itching, burning and swelling can be caused by the presence of varicose veins. Many times, these symptoms get worse toward the end of the day. People that have jobs that require them to be on their feet for most of the day are prime candidates for these symptoms. The same is true for those who must remain seated in a stationary position all day.
Fortunately, there are a number of minimally-invasive treatments available to help people with vascular conditions. Depending on the location and size of the veins, a specific treatment method will be chosen for the individual after a thorough evaluation and review of the person’s medical history. In previous years, vein stripping surgery was commonly used. This is an invasive technique that is done in a hospital setting whereby the vein is surgically removed. However, there is a less invasive method available today that allows patients to avoid admission to the hospital. They can also return to their normal lifestyles immediately following treatment. This method is endovenous laser treatment.
Endovenous laser treatment can be highly effective on these deeper veins. This treatment is less invasive than vein stripping surgery and there is much less of a chance of complications. These treatments are done by injecting a probe into the targeted vein. Laser energy is then used to heat the vein from the inside as the probe is moved throughout the length of the vein. The heat then causes the vein to seal off and be destroyed. The body will begin to route the blood through healthier veins so that the circulatory process is not impacted.
Endovenous laser treatment is much more widely used today than traditional surgery. If you have vein conditions that are interfering with your quality of life, you should make an appointment at the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre in order to explore your treatment options. We proudly serve clients in the Chicago, IL and surrounding areas.