Varicose veins are dilated, thickened, elongated and twisted blood vessels that do not control blood flow as they should. In some cases, they can be small spider veins and even appear thread-like. In other cases, they may appear as large grape-like clusters under the skin. Varicose veins occur more often in women than men, especially during pregnancy (starting in the first trimester), during the last 14 days of the menstrual cycle, and in people who have a job for which they must stand for long periods of time.
Vein reflux caused by incompetent valves can lead to chronic venous insufficiency and can lead to the following symptoms:
- Varicose veins and spider veins
- Leg swelling and leg pain
- Leg skin changes
- Leg ulcers
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Symptoms of venous reflux:
- Aching pain
- Tired legs
- Leg heaviness
- Swelling in the legs
- Restless legs
- Darkening of the skin (in severe cases)
- Leg itching
- Wounds / ulceration of skin
The venous closure procedure has relieved night cramps that went right up to the groin area, I am so relieved. I have been encouraging my younger family members who have similar symptoms to take the plunge and do this!
I would say that if you think you have issues with your veins, there is no better practice to be checked out by.
Radiofrequency ablation (venous closure procedure using heat)
- A thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the vein; heat through the tube is then applied causing the vein to close and blood is diverted into healthy veins.
Venaseal (venous closure procedure using glue)
- A thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the vein; using ultrasound guidance, surgical grade glue is then injected through the tube causing the vein to close and blood is diverted into healthy veins.
- Veins are injected with a solution that causes the vein to close. It is useful for treating small and medium sized varicose veins.
- Veins are removed through tiny punctures in the skin using local anesthesia.