Did you know almost two in five women suffer from varicose veins? And almost 60 percent of the adult population in Singapore has varicose veins? Also known as venous reflux disease, it occurs when valves in the veins of the lower legs no longer function properly. This causes the blood to flow backwards – or reflux – resulting in enlarged or varicose veins.
These enlarged blue veins mapping your legs and thighs can be quite unsightly, especially if you like your shorts and skirts. If left untreated, the condition can get worse and cause lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage and ulcerations. Thankfully it is now easier than ever to treat varicose veins.
VenaSeal is a new treatment for varicose veins that involves the use of a medical adhesive to coat and seal the vein. Local vein specialist Dr John Tan from The Vein Clinic is the first in Singapore and the region to use VenaSeal to treat patients with varicose veins. Unlike traditional treatments for varicose veins, which involve invasive surgery along with hospitalisation, anaesthesia and sometimes scarring, this is a minimally invasive procedure. During the procedure, a tiny amount of the adhesive is deposited into the veins via a small catheter. Once the diseased vein is sealed, the blood is redirected through other healthy veins in the leg.
Additionally, it doesn’t require you to take any pre procedure drugs and negates the use of general anaesthesia. Since this is a minimally invasive varicose veins treatment, you don’t need any post treatment pain medication, or even a compression stocking. Once you’re done with your session, you can literally put on your shorts, walk out the clinic and resume your daily activities immediately after.
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