This week, Dr. Giuseppe Serpieri, the maestro of the complex and intricate vascular road maps of the body is answering the most common questions we are asked here at W1 Wellness about treating Varicose veins.
Can you just tell us what actually causes varicose veins?
The most important risk factor for varicose veins is heredity. Other factors are some environmental factors, and the most important of them is prolonged standing still for many hours, as well as sitting during your working day – this can lead to swelling of your legs and ankles and it is one of the most important symptoms of varicose veins.
Once you have varicose veins, is there anything we can do to get rid of them naturally?
No. It’s really impossible because they can’t heal naturally. They can only worsen over time. If you don’t get them treated, you can undergo some complications, and the most important is phlebitis. Phlebitis is an inflammation of the vein wall leading to pain, redness, swelling. It could be also dangerous, because a clot of blood forms inside the vein.
What is the treatment for varicose veins?
After a correct assessment, I can propose different kind of treatment, but essentially you will need to have your veins removed, because they can’t heal. We use minimally invasive techniques under ultrasound guidance. They are performed under local anaesthetic on a walk in, walk out basis, usually.
How can we prevent varicose veins?
The simplest thing you can do to try to prevent the appearance of varicose veins is to wear compression stockings.
If you’d like to book a consultation with Dr. Serpieri to assess your varicose needs and see whether you need any procedure to get your legs looking good again, please drop us an email Hello@w1wellness.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.