Does the idea of walking along the beach or around the pool in a swimsuit make you cringe? Not because of your waistline, but because of the veins bulging from your legs?
A new therapy, endovenus therapy, may give you a brighter outlook about your next bathing suit opportunity.
First, the basics: Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that rise above the skin’s surface. Some are more severe than others, but typically range from dark dark purple or blue. They are usually on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg.
According to the National Library of Medicine, an estimated one in two people over 50, mostly women, has varicose veins. Typical symptoms include:
- Aching pain
- Easily tired legs
- Leg heaviness
- Rash on the legs
- Leg swelling
- Numbness in the legs
- Varicose veins are typically caused by pregnancy, congenitally defective heart valves and something known as thrombophlebitis.
In Huntsville, physicians at the Crestwood Vein Clinic are working hard to relieve the physical discomfort people experience as a result of varicose veins through a process that also yields cosmetic improvements.
The state-of-the-art procedure is called endovenous therapy. It is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require a hospital stay, general anesthesia or even stitches.
Here is how it works: The varicose vein gets numbed with local anesthetic. A very thin catheter is then inserted into the vein and directed to the desired treatment location. When the catheter is activated, thermal energy is delivered, causing the vein to close. The catheter is gradually withdrawn until the entire diseased vessel is treated. The whole procedure lasts less than 30 minutes!
After treatment, patients can walk immediately and return to normal activities. Patients do, however, have to wear special stockings for two weeks.
Many insurance companies cover this procedure, but you don’t want to make assumptions. Some insurance companies might insist that you try other measures first. To name a few: Avoid wearing high heels for extended lengths of time, avoid wearing tight clothing and if you are overweight, try slimming down.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama offers predetermination services to let you know if coverage will be awarded. If you would like more information, or would like to inquire about a free screening with the Vein Clinic, call 256-429-4888.