Phlebology is the branch of medicine that is responsible for the study, diagnosis and treatment of different disorders that affect the veins.
Mainly, it is the problems related to varicose veins that require attention in this specialty, since they are pathologies that can affect up to 30% of the population in different degrees.
A varicose vein is a dilated vein that is not able to correctly perform its function of venous return (return blood to the heart).
Its origin is due on the one hand to a congenital predisposition (there is a small defect in the wall and valves of the veins) on the part of the patient, and to a series of precipitating factors: prolonged standing, sedentary lifestyle, repeated efforts, obesity, pregnancies. .
The most frequent symptoms are tiredness and heaviness in the leg at the end of the day, a feeling that gets worse with the summer period. From there and according to the time of evolution of the disease will appear pruritus (itching) in the legs, ocular dermatitis, skin atrophy, ulcers, phlebitis, thrombosis, varicorrhagia …
A new technique called VenaSeal Closure System for the treatment of varicose veins has been available for less than 1 year. This technique is called the new gold-standard (reference technique) for its promising results and for its innocuousness for the patient. The VenaSeal Closure System is a very powerful glue (cyanoacrylate) that is placed inside the diseased vein, sealing it and making it disappear. It does not require general anesthesia, just a little local anesthesia at the entry point. The patient is awake and talking to the surgeon during the procedure, and when he finishes he puts a band-aid on the access point, gets up from the table, dresses and is discharged directly. The advantages it offers over the other techniques used today are numerous:
· Does not need anesthesia
· No injuries
· Does not need any rest
· No need for stockings or bandages
· Does not require a leave of absence
·· There are no reported skin burns, no allergic reactions, no thrombosis, no pigmentation (spots on the skin), or neurological lesions.
Regarding the previous surgical techniques to comment that for many years the only treatment available for varicose veins was saphenectomy (tearing the vein), with very disappointing results for both patients and surgeons. In the last 15 years and thanks to the advancement of technology, more innovative treatments have been developed with better results, all aimed at eliminating varicose veins from within the vein.
However, there is no treatment as little invasive or as effective as this one that we have started using at Dr. Gálvez Hospital. If you want to know more information about this specialty or about the VenaSeal Closure System glue, our specialist deals with these topics in our blog:
· Varicose veins formation
· Varicose veins in pregnancy, are they temporary?
· Prevention of varicose veins
· Veins functioning