Varicose veins can be painful for some people, though for others they are only a concern for cosmetic reasons. Even if there is no discomfort associated with them, many people would like to have them treated or removed. Unfortunately, many varicose vein sufferers have been told in the past that they are not eligible for treatment because of special circumstances that might make treatment difficult or impossible. However, developments in recent years have made many of these “special circumstances” that used to prevent effective treatment no longer cause for concern.

Special circumstance #1: Blood thinner medication

Are you on any blood thinning medications such as an anticoagulant or aspirin? If so, you’ve likely noticed that there is a reluctance to treat patients taking these kinds of medications due to possible complications. However, a 2012 paper in the Annals of Vascular Surgery cited an observational study where patients taking a blood thinner had the same outcomes, side effects, and consequences after ablation as compared to those who were not taking the medication. This confirms what we’ve seen in our own practice that there is no difference in results between patients who are on blood thinners and those who are not. The fact that a patient is on blood thinners is no reason to withhold treatment.

Special circumstance #2: At-risk quality-of-life conditions

Every now and then, we’ll come across patients who have conditions that make them conventionally at risk for any kind of medical treatment — not just vein treatment. Patients who are suffering from multiple conditions, those who are already immobile and older patients fit into this category. Our work has shown that instead of undermining their health, vein treatment helps an overwhelming majority improve their leg-related symptoms with little to no risk to their overall health. As such, even with patients that have quality-of-life issues, there is no reason to withhold treatment.

Special circumstance #3: Compression patients

The Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum recommends against the use of compression therapy for the primary treatment of varicose veins in patients that are good candidates for ablation. However, this has not stopped doctors from requiring their patients to wear compression stockings as a first measure. Though compression is often recommended for patients with leg ulcers, most patients see their ulcers return within six months of starting this technique. Since ulcers tend to come back, our recommendation is to proceed with ablation even if compression has been suggested as research has shown that there is no compelling reason to wait.

As the leading provider of vein treatments in our region, we are confident in our ability to treat “ugly legs” patients even in the presence of other issues. Given our vast experience, we’re confident in treating more complicated cases, delivering the best outcomes with the lowest risk. We’ve been quick to adopt ablations as standard care for vein treatment and we’re committed to continuing to lead the charge as the future of our industry evolves.

Call 800-510-1174 or visit Allure Medical online to schedule a free vein screening. We will expedite your treatment before your deductible resets in January.

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