Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Are vein treatments permanent?

Have you ever wondered if vein treatments are permanent?

According to Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center, the short answer is yes. However, that does not mean that a person who has one vein issue will never have another problematic vein.

What that means is once a vein is treated with a modern procedure, such as endovenous ablation, or “EVLA,” the success rates quoted in the supporting literature vary from the high 80th percentile to the high 90th percentile. In other words, less than 20 percent of patients will need to have the vein that was treated ever treated again.

Dr. Asbjornsen explains: “When I see most of my patients for a six or 12 month follow up, the problematic vein that underwent treatment is completely reabsorbed by the body. Because that vein no longer exists, it cannot cause problems in the future.”

Though the treated vein is taken care of, all the veins in the body have the same genetic makeup and have been exposed to the same environmental stresses (generally speaking) and thus, have the same risk of failing. Thus, if a patient has one bad vein, it is possible that at some point they will have other bad veins.

For this reason, Dr. Asbjornsen tries to spend time with patients at every visit counseling him or her on healthy tips for healthy veins. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in managing chronic venous issues and preventing additional problems.

1 comment :

  1. Wow, I am happy to hear the success rates are so high for vein treatment. There are some veins on my legs that I am not happy with. Perhaps I should look into getting them fixed.