UncategorizedVaricose Veins

Never Heard of Adjunctive Vein Treatments?

Experts agree that endothermal ablation such as endovenous laser is the best treatment for varicose veins. It may surprise you to know that if we only treated your varicose veins by laser, they probably would not go away. Yes, that’s right, endovenous laser by itself is not enough.

One lady from the USA contacted us at the Veincare centre to ask for advice. She had had endovenous laser by her specialist in the US performed EVL successfully but her varicose veins did not change. She contacted us to ask why.

Superficial venous reflux – down flow of blood in the incorrect direction is the cause of varicose veins. First thing in the morning when we get out bed and stand up, gravity tends to pull the blood down the veins in the wrong direction. If the valves in the veins are not working, reflux occurs, filling visible side branches under the skin. Even when the reflux is abolished, these side branches will not disappear. Over time they have been stretched beyond their elastic recoil. After laser, they remain baggy and visible. That’s why an adjunctive procedure such as phlebectomy or foam sclerotherapy is required. Laser cannot treat these very superficial varicose veins under the skin for 2 reasons. Firstly, they are tortuous, and a straight laser fibre cannot be inserted along them and secondly laser energy might injure the skin. That’s why adjunctive procedures in addition to laser are needed to get the best results for varicose veins.

If you are concerned about your varicose veins, here’s how to contact us

  • calling us by telephone – 01935 873951
  • using the contact form on the website

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