Why March Is A Good Month To Get Your Varicose Veins Treated
It’s been a long winter but now that March is here summer doesn’t seem quite so far away. But while you may be wishing for warmer, sunnier days, if you have varicose veins you might also be dreading the prospect of baring your legs.
Throughout the winter you’ve been able to conceal them in warm trousers and cosy tights but that’s not so easy when the sun is shining and everyone’s in flip flops. If you are bothered by the appearance of your varicose veins, spring is a good time to find out a bit more about getting them treated.
Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart and is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves which open and close to let blood through. If these valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and collect in the veins, eventually causing them to swell and bulge through the skin. They are often dark blue or purple in colour, which makes them even more noticeable.
While varicose veins aren’t always troublesome, they can cause discomfort and some people feel self-conscious exposing their legs. Dr Mo Faris, Founder of the Cooden Medical Group, said: “These days, varicose veins are easily treated so there’s no reason not to if they bother you.
“Until relatively recently the most effective treatment involved a fairly major procedure carried out under general anaesthetic in hospital to “strip out” the problem veins. It could take several weeks to recover and patients often reported that the varicose veins came back.
“The good news is that in recent years, treatments for varicose veins have become much less invasive and are much more effective. We use a technique called ELVA which means that you can walk in, have your treatment and walk out shortly afterwards – you could theoretically have it done in your lunch hour! The procedure uses a laser to destroy the affected veins from the inside so that the surrounding tissues are not damaged. As the veins are completely destroyed, there is no chance of them reappearing.
“Recovering from the treatment doesn’t take long at all - and you will be able to walk out of the door minutes after the treatment is completed. You may find your legs are a bit sore and bruised initially but there is no need to put your feet up for a week – in fact it’s recommended that you do as much walking as you can after your treatment as this seems to help the recovery process,” Dr Faris concluded.
Varicose vein treatment is not normally available on the NHS as it is considered a cosmetic procedure but most people who choose to undergo treatment feel it’s worthwhile. If you decide to go ahead then make sure you research the different options and facilities before making any decisions. Go online and look at reviews and ask your friends and relatives for recommendations.
Cooden Medical Group’s Canterbury Clinic has a free session once a month where you can find out more about varicose veins, meet the doctors and discuss the different treatments. The next events are on March 11 and April 8. For further information, please visit our coodenmedicalgroup.com or call 01227 903038.