Post by Dr. Charles Gutierrez
With winter upon us, our patients are packing away their shorts for the season and embracing the changing weather. And as seasons shift, it’s an ideal time to see if spider or varicose veins treatment is right for you.
To start, the change in weather makes compression stockings for varicose veins a little more bearable. I always recommend that patients wear compression stocking for 48 hours following a procedure, and during the day for at least two weeks. These stockings aren’t too cumbersome, but it is always best to avoid the Texas heat whenever possible. Compression stockings can be worn comfortably under your winter clothing.
The colder months also see an increase in factors that lead to venous disease. Typically, people are less active during this time of year. On its own, remaining sedentary can increase the risk of varicose veins, but the decreased activity pared with holiday meals can lead to weight gain. Combined, this leads to a much higher risk of deteriorating vascular health over the next few months.
At VasCare, we offer several treatments options for varicose veins including conservative therapy, sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency endovenouos thermal ablation. If you’re unfamiliar with these options, please review our FAQ or schedule an appointment today.
Today, I wanted to take this space to talk about the Venefit procedure. This is a minimally invasive varicose veins treatment in which a thin catheter is inserted into a diseased vein and uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat the vein walls, which causes the vein to shrink and seal shut.
This procedure, called radiofrequency thermal endovenous ablation typically causes less bruising than other methods, has a quick recovery, and most patients report little or no pain during the procedure. This is an outpatient procedure and most patients see an improvement in their conditions within one or two weeks after the treatment.