It is estimated that 25 percent of women in Minnesota have varicose veins. Pregnancy and obesity are two things that can put women at the higher risk for developing a varicose vein in Minneapolis/ St. Paul. People who stand for a long time or have the history of venous thrombosis may also be at an increased risk for developing varicose veins. Venous thrombosis is a condition that occurs when a blood clot develops in one or more veins.
Bulging veins are the most common sign of varicose veins. People may also notice a heavy feeling in their legs or edema in the ankles, especially after long standing. Additionally, varicose veins can be painful.
varicose veins have a tendency to get worse. The good news is that there is varicose vein treatment in Minnesota available. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is one of the most effective treatment options that are available for people who have varicose veins. This procedure involves using laser energy to seal a varicose vein shut. It typically takes about an hour to complete and is performed under local anesthesia.
Sclerotherapy is another treatment that can remove small varicose veins. This procedure involves injecting a sclerosant into the veins. The scleroscant causes the inner lining of the vein to become irritated. This causes the veins to close. No anesthesia is needed and one treatment can be completed in 15 minutes. Patients typically have to get 2-4 treatments. Very fine spider veins (telangiectasia) can be treated with external laser ablation.
Varicose veins can also be treated with mini-phlebectomy. Mini-phlebectomy involves making small incisions and removing the varicose veins. It is performed under local anesthesia. Patients can return to their normal activities after this procedure, but they will need to wear compression stockings for two or three weeks after their procedure.