One of the most common medical conditions that many employees face is having varicose veins, especially on the legs. These are swollen and twisted veins that show up on the skin’s surface, and are often dark blue in color. They appear as such as a result of the weakening of the valves of the legs’ veins, which are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. Usually linked to risk factors such as pregnancy, being overweight, family history, and advancing age, varicose veins commonly develop when people are exposed to prolonged sitting and/or standing. This makes workers, especially those who are required to stand or sit for long period of time, are likely to incur them.
According to a vein specialist, symptoms for varicose veins usually vary; some don’t experience them at all while some do. When employees feel a burning or aching sensation on their legs after sitting or standing for a long time, or that their feet and/or ankles begin to swell, then it is likely that they may develop varicose veins. The medical condition itself may not be quite a serious problem, which is why the treatment for it may involve persons undergoing certain lifestyle changes. For workers, in fact, doctors often recommend them to wear compression stockings to pressure the legs a bit, as well as avoid wearing high-heeled footwear.
But aside from lifestyle changes, employees may also be told to undergo some medical procedures available in an effort to remove the deformed, blue-colored veins protruding on their legs. Varicose vein removal, indeed, can truly benefit affected employees, especially those who want to improve the appearance of their legs despite the varicose veins not causing any problems for them. Other than to totally remove the damaged veins, taking advantage of a medical procedure can also help treat any existing complications that may develop long after the veins appeared, as well as correct certain problems that have been causing the condition itself. One or a combination of these medical procedures may be available to employees depending on the size of the veins that needed to be removed.
Meanwhile, below is a list of some of the known varicose vein removal treatments that can be performed on employees, whether they are experiencing complications on their varicose veins or not.
- Conducted by a vein specialist, this involves the use of a liquid chemical called a sclerosant, which is injected on the varicose vein itself. The chemical would then irritate and scar the inside of the vein, closing it off. Several treatments may be done in order for the vein to close completely, especially if it is large in size.
- Laser treatment. This procedure makes use of laser energy to scar and destroy the damaged veins by putting the laser outside of the skin.
- Endovenous ablation therapy. This procedure involves the insertion of a small catheter into the varicose vein, which produces lasers or radio waves to generate heat. The catheter’s tip would then heat up in an attempt to close the vein.
- Endoscopic vein surgery. Often performed on those who suffer from skin ulcers or sores because of their varicose veins, this procedure is the same as the previous one mentioned above, but with the camera found at the tip of the tube and a surgical device that is used to close the vein up.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy. This is often performed on those who have phlebitis, or the inflammation in the veins and the skin above it due to large varicose veins. Small incisions on the skin are made to remove the veins, especially those that are close the skin surface.
- Vein ligation and stripping. This procedure, which also involves making small incisions on the skin, completely removes the varicose vein by tying it off first.
Whether it is done for cosmetic purposes or for avoiding further complications, any of the abovementioned medical procedures are all helpful for employees who would want to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins and make their legs’ appearance free from such hideous blemishes.