How Does Varicose Vein Removal Affect Blood Circulation?
Written by Dallas Vein Specialists on August 31, 2015
Veins play an essential role in proper blood circulation. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. Then veins return the blood to the heart and lungs where oxygen is released into the blood, which is again recirculated to the entire body. When there are varicose veins in the legs, this normal blood circulation is affected. Blood pools in the varicose veins instead of promptly returning to the central circulation (heart and lungs). This pooling of blood produces increased pressure within the veins and causes them to become enlarged and visible on the surface of the skin. (see symptoms of Varicose Veins). These veins, known as varicose veins, can lead to both physical and emotional discomfort. It is little wonder, then, that many people decide to undergo minimally invasive vein treatments to eliminate them.
But what happens to the blood in those veins after the treatment? This is a common question and concern our patients have when considering vein treatment. Here, I shed some light on the subject.
About Varicose Veins
Within the legs proper blood flow out of the legs and back to the heart is dependent on the tiny valves located inside the veins. With muscular activity, these valves open as blood flows toward the heart. When a person stands or sits, these valves close to stop blood from flowing backwards from the pull of gravity, and blood flows backwards, leading to increased blood pressure in the veins. Proper blood circulation is compromised when these valves become damaged or weakened. Some of these veins become varicose veins, i.e. enlarged, bulging veins that are visible on the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins and the underlying elevated pressure within these veins may cause irreversible damage to the skin and underlying tissues of the leg.
Patients I see at Dallas Vein Specialists commonly ask what happens to the blood that is contained in varicosities and other veins with non-functioning valves once these are either removed or closed. Here it is advisable to reframe one’s thinking when considering this question. Firstly, the veins that are treated and/or removed are not normal, as mentioned above. They are in fact causing problems with stagnant pooling of blood and preventing the proper emptying of blood from the legs. Secondly, having these veins treated is GOOD for the circulation of blood within the legs. Finally, in every case there are proper functioning veins within the legs that take over and route blood to where it should go.
Minimally Invasive Procedures to Treat Varicose Veins
At Dallas Vein Specialists, we offer several painless, safe, and minimally invasive procedures that not only eliminate the varicose veins but also improve the appearance of the leg and improve blood circulation within the leg.
Endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) is a minimally invasive treatment that shuts down the vein or veins that cause the varicosities. This treatment involves inserting a thin laser fiber into the vein. Ultrasound technology makes this procedure possible with only a single needle puncture. The heat of the laser inside the vein damages the vein and closes it permanently. Over the ensuing months, the body removes this closed vein. The varicose veins bulging on the skin are removed by the minimally invasive surgical procedure microphlebectomy. Blood that would be stagnant in the varicosities now flows into normal veins and then from the legs to the heart and lungs to receive oxygen before being pumped throughout the body.
Contact Dallas Vein Specialists About Varicose Vein Removal Today
For more information on your varicose vein treatment options, contact Dallas Vein Specialists. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (214) 221-9222.