Steam helps you get rid of varicose veins quickly and virtually painlessly. We asked a specialist what it’s all about!
They not only disfigure the legs but also disrupt blood circulation. But the latest treatment method allows you to get rid of varicose veins in a minimally invasive procedure. Its advantage is also that you will quickly return to full health.
1. What are the contraindications of steam treatment of varicose veins?
There are a few. It is a very bad general health condition or, for example, a high liver insufficiency. We also do not use the steam method on pregnant women. Blood clotting disorders are an obstacle, but a relative one.
2. What is the steam treatment for varicose veins?
First of all, we use a local anesthetic. Then we enter the diseased vessel with a needle with a larger cross-section through the skin. With this needle, we introduce a steam catheter. We do this under ultrasound control, so the whole maneuver is safe. Steam comes out of this catheter. It has a temperature of over 100 degrees, but only 60-80 at the exit. The patient feels only a slight heat in the leg. The steam is distributed throughout the pan. If it is long and winding, you need to make some punctures. Then we put a special variable pressure stocking on the patient’s leg and … he can go home. And often the next day at work, but it depends on the size of the treated varicose veins.
What happens to a vein that is hot inside? Under the influence of heat, it shrinks, then invades and degrades over time.
3. How long does the steam procedure take?
If the disease is not advanced and the varicose veins are not very branched, it takes about half an hour. Both legs can be treated in one treatment. After that, the operating time is extended.
4. What about the small branches that may remain visible?
We close them by injecting a special preparation inside the vessels (this is a sclerotherapy treatment). Or we use methods of percutaneous closure of the blood vessels with a laser.
5. What recommendations should be followed after the steam treatment?
Support stockings should be worn for 2 to 4 weeks. After the first 24 hours, they can be removed at night. If you feel pain, there is no contraindication to taking painkillers. In the case of varicose veins, it is not advisable to warm the body, so it is better to take a shower, not a hot bath, avoid sauna, solarium, and intensive sunbathing.
6. How much does it cost to treat varicose veins with steam?
If the disease was not advanced, surgery on one leg, sclerotherapy, and a set of stockings cost from 600$.
7. The National Health Fund will refinance another procedure for the removal of varicose veins – stripping. Why is it worth organizing the steam one?
It takes less time. It is not necessary to spend several days in the hospital. General or spinal anesthesia is not used. Compared to conventional surgery, the risk of complications and pain is lower. There are no scars or permanent marks after the procedure. The patient also returns to normal activity more quickly.