Mild swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs is common, a response to medications or medical conditions. In some cases, swelling can pass quickly with self-care, but sometimes it’s a sign of more serious illness and needs prompt medical attention.
Although a small percentage of people develop vein disease early in life, the majority of Americans with vein disease tend to be in their 50s, 60s, or older. Sadly, one of the things that often happens to these older adults when they develop varicose veins, spider veins, or other types of vein disease is that they fail to seek New Jersey vein removal for these conditions because they are afraid of the possible risks involved in the treatments themselves. This is doubly sad because without proper treatment vein diseases don’t get better – they get worse, often much worse. This can cause complications that greatly reduce these older adults’ quality of life. In this article, we will deal with some of the fears and concerns, and discuss how safe modern vein disease treatment is, especially for older patients.
Vein disease treatments are safe for people of any age
If you’re still wondering whether New Jersey vein removal is safe for older adults, remember what we said above, that the vast majority of vein disease is seen in people over the age of 60. As a result, most of the advances in medical science that constitute modern vein disease treatment methodologies have been specifically developed with older patients in mind. It makes sense, right? If we were treating a disease that strikes primarily children, we’d make sure that our treatments were safe for children. Well, New Jersey vein treatment specialists primarily treat people who are over 60, so of course we design treatments that are safe for that age group.
Treatment starts with non-invasive diagnosis and conservative methods
In our vein clinic in Hamilton Township, we often encounter older adults who are afraid of even seeking diagnostic treatment for their varicose veins or swollen legs and ankles, because they are afraid that even the procedures used to detect these diseases might be painful or traumatic. Nothing could be further from the truth; all of the diagnostic procedures we use are non-invasive, meaning that they do not break the skin or invade a body cavity. Instead, we use Doppler ultrasound to look below the surface of your skin to make sure blood is flowing properly or to locate blood clots painlessly, and with no risk. If our findings indicate that you have vein disease, we start by treating mild cases conservatively, recommending compression stockings to improve your circulation and lifestyle changes to lower your risk. These treatments are painless and risk-free, and they improve your overall health as they manage your symptoms.
For more serious cases, minimally-invasive methods further reduce risk
Most of the risks associated with any type of medical treatment arise from the need for invasive surgery. Any time you have to go into a hospital, receive general anesthesia, and undergo a surgical process in which deep incisions are made, there is going to be risk. Furthermore, incisions leave scars, and the trauma of invasive surgery can require many months to fully recover from.
That is why the minimally-invasive modern treatments we use at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center are so safe. Treatments such as sclerotherapy (used to remove varicose veins and spider veins) are so painless that they require no anesthesia at all, are performed in the comfort of our offices, and are so gentle that many people literally have their varicose veins removed on their lunch break, and then return to work. There is no scarring and no need for “recovery time” because there is nothing to recover from.
So don’t worry about our vein disease treatments – they really are safe. To find out more, give our New Jersey vein removal experts a call today at 609-528-6330 or go online and ask any further questions you might have. We’ll be happy to answer them.
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