With radio waves against varicose veins
Varicose veins are common. And not just seniors, many young people also show symptoms early on, such as heavy legs and unsightly blue-colored veins on the calf. Varicose veins can be treated with radio waves, among other things.
Every fifth European suffers from varicose veins
About 20 percent of Europeans suffer from varicose veins. Although health experts give tips on how to prevent varicose veins, there is still no reliable scientific knowledge. However, it is generally recommended to exercise a lot and lift your legs up more often. Water applications can also have a beneficial effect on the legs. This also includes the cold knee cast, a well-tried home remedy for varicose veins. Varicose veins should always be examined by a doctor. Treatment is usually necessary.
Venous weakness even at a young age
Radio wave therapy is one option used for varicose veins. This treatment is also carried out at the University Hospital Münster (UKM). And not just in the elderly.
"Vein weakness is not a question of age," explains Prof. Dr. Tobias Görge, Head of the Vein Competence Center at the UKM Dermatology Clinic, in a press release. Some people, for example, have a family-related weakness of the connective tissue and therefore have to struggle early with symptoms such as heavy legs and unsightly blue-colored veins on the calf.
Patients still attending school
“We have patients who are still at school and who already have the typical symptoms. It becomes critical when the blood from the veins 'sinks', i.e. when we diagnose venous reflux. Then treatment is actually unavoidable, ”says Prof. Görge.
If left untreated, venous reflux can lead to complications such as the “open leg” and, in the worst case, even to thrombosis or embolism. The varicose veins, which are often dismissed as common ailments, are even life-threatening.
Sclerotherapy using radio waves
At the clinic in Münster, the varicose veins have been switched off for years by obliteration using radio waves. A flexible heat catheter is inserted into the vein under local anesthesia and advanced to the groin, where the affected vein branches are then “overcooked”.
The remaining vein remains are broken down by the body itself over time. According to the clinic, radio frequency therapy is usually carried out on an outpatient basis - the patient can then return home immediately. In the meantime, some statutory health insurance companies are also covering the costs of treatment with radio waves as an alternative to conventional crossectomy.
According to the hospital's announcement, radio frequency therapy is possible in 95 percent of all cases where surgery is indicated. "The method is absolutely bloodless," explains Görge. "There are no wounds or scars. The whole procedure is more pleasant for the patient. ”He is certain that the future belongs to the endovenous procedure in venous therapy. (ad)