Just a small amount of knowledge about circulation in the body helps people understand varicose veins. Blood travels from the heart through arteries, and veins bring the blood back. Most veins contain valves for opening and releasing blood, and for preventing backflow. When those valves stop functioning adequately, blood pools in the vessels. Mobile vascular services provide treatment for varicose veins in doctors' offices, skilled nursing facilities, and patient homes.
Why It Happens
This vascular disorder usually develops in a person's legs because of the significant pressure during standing and walking. The valves gradually weaken. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to the problem, while others develop varicose veins due to weight gain.
Veins filled with accumulated blood bulge and become twisted. This can result in symptoms like itching, discomfort, and pain. Their legs tend to feel heavy, which is tiring. In some cases, the pain occasionally is serious, with burning sensations.
These symptoms may prevent someone from standing or sitting for lengthy time frames. Sleep is disrupted. The person may find some relief by propping up their legs when sitting and sleeping.
This disorder is very common. Millions of people deal with varicose veins. For many, the problem is only cosmetic, but they may still want mobile therapy to eliminate those noticeably enlarged blood vessels.
Types of Treatment
With treatment, people improve their quality of life and also the appearance of their legs. Doctors typically treat varicose veins without surgery unless the patient has waited so long that the problem has become severe. Being able to have mobile therapy is particularly convenient for individuals who would otherwise need to travel to a vascular clinic.
Ablation therapy is one treatment provided by mobile vascular services. The doctor creates heat inside the vein by applying radiofrequency impulses through a catheter. The heat seals the vessel closed. During a different procedure, known as sclerotherapy, a doctor injects a chemical that injures the vein and causes it to collapse. Those veins now are blocked, and blood does not flow into them.
Patients usually can return to mild activity the same day or the following day. The body gradually absorbs the damaged vein during therapy. Eventually, this blood vessel vanishes completely. The body has so many veins in the legs that it simply circulates blood to other vessels. In fact, circulation in the legs improves because the body is not constantly trying to move blood through valves that do not function properly.