What are common problems associated with Varicose Veins?
Does size matter?
Small varicose veins can be a cosmetic concern, and this is a very real problem for women who want to feel confident about their appearance and enjoy an active Australian lifestyle – wear skirts or shorts, or go to the beach. However, it is also often the case that people with spider veins are on their way towards greater veins problems.
Larger veins can give rise to symptoms such as aching, heavy, dragging, swollen and restless legs. Itching and cramps can also occur. Severe and long-term pressure inside the veins can lead to eczema or a rash around the ankle, ankle swelling, skin pigmentation and even ulceration.
You don’t have to live with problem veins. Successful treatment can alleviate or eliminate the symptoms – you may even notice improvements within 1-2 days of beginning treatment.
Can I stop varicose veins occurring?
The most common cause of varicose veins is your genetics, either a parent or grandparent has varicose veins. Another cause is trauma to a leg in the past such as a broken leg or a kick to the leg over a valve in a football game. Varicose veins can be delayed by wearing graduated support stockings which will compress and support the veins, and avoiding standing for long periods can help delay the progression of veins problems. This won’t eliminate the veins, however, and long-term improvement will require some form of direct treatment to the veins.
Ultrasound assessment of the veins
Just as with any medical problem, getting to the source of the matter is most likely to lead to an effective, long-term solution.
Over the past few years, ultrasound has been used extensively to help map the site of pressure abnormalities inside veins. Modern ultrasound is non-invasive, isn’t painful or uncomfortable and doesn’t require any anaesthesia or sedation. Plus it only takes about 30 minutes of your time to map out the veins in the legs. Ultrasound machines can reveal even small veins very well and special settings can be used to clearly demonstrate whether the flow inside the vessels is normal or if there are pressure problems present.
It is now clear that even problems that seem to be due to local defects in vein function can be the result of pressure faults in larger vessels. And, if these larger vessels are treated, it becomes easier to treat the smaller vessels, making the process more effective and longer-lasting.
At the Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic the ultrasound mapping is performed by an experienced sonographer with qualifications in medical ultrasound. Once a mapping of your veins has been undertaken, the ideal course of treatment can be planned and an accurate costing worked out
Ultrasound is not only used to scan babies anymore, it has a wide variety of uses. At the Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic we use ultrasound to map the veins so we know which veins are working and which veins are normal. We can also visualise the veins during treatment so we can place the needle safely into the vessel in real-time. Ultrasound allows for an accurate placement of the needle in both Endovenous laser and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. Without the use of ultrasound, the treatment of varicose veins would not be as accurate and there would be no way you could see all the veins needed to be treated. To avoid the chance of regrowth of the veins it is important to use ultrasound to obtain the best result possible.