Many people think of varicose veins as those ugly, bulging blue leg veins that their mother or aunt had. They might remember that she always wore slacks because she was embarrassed by her legs. However, that is a very incomplete picture of venous disease.
Varicose veins and spider veins (a milder variation) are very common, affecting both men and women. While this vein problem may be only a cosmetic concern for some people, for others varicose veins are painful and may also be a sign of other circulatory problems. While any vein may become enlarged (or varicose), veins in the legs are more prone to this condition because of pressure on the veins from walking and standing. These veins are not needed to return blood to the heart as that function will be performed by the deep system.
Most people try various self-care methods such as wearing compression stockings or elevating their legs before seeking medical help. In the past, ‘vein stripping’ was the customary treatment for varicose veins. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary for patients to undergo this painful, traumatic treatment. Endovenous Laser Ablation is only minimally invasive yet is able to successfully remove varicose veins for 95% of patients. This in-office treatment is greatly appreciated by those suffering from venous disease. Removing the dilated veins is a benefit to the patient, who will no longer suffer from pain, itching and burning.
Post-operative treatment is minor. The laser surgery leaves no scars and causes little pain. Patients can expect to be on their feet immediately, with no long recovery process required. Few will need any pain medication other than over-the-counter remedies like Ibuprofen. Normal activities can be resumed right away (postpone mountain climbing or other vigorous activities for two weeks). Wear compression stockings for approximately three weeks.
The Vein Center of New Mexico specializes in treating patients with a wide variety of venous diseases. Dr. Ole Peloso, the founder of the Vein Center, has been a surgeon for 40 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Peloso employs the latest technology to treat his patients, including Sclerotherapy and Laser Ablation in Albuquerque Metro, NM. Anyone who requires Varicose Vein Treatment in Albuquerque Metro, NM should contact this facility to discuss the available medical options.