Non-Invasive Sonovein Treatment For Varicose VeinsVaricose veins are unsightly and sometimes painful, yet there have been cutting-edge advancements in varicose vein treatment called “Sonovein S”, which is now available through the Veins Doctor. For lots of people, varicose veins can develop over time and they are quite a common issue for people as they get older. Varicose veins are veins that become enlarged and twisted in the legs and can develop when the valves in the veins fail to function properly anymore. Spider veins are also another common, yet milder, type of varicose veins that are more of a cosmetic issue than larger varicose veins deeper within the leg. Many people find living with varicose veins to be very uncomfortable, with legs experiencing aching pains and some physical discomfort. If left untreated, varicose veins can go on to develop further and cause more serious problems. This is a condition that affects tens of millions of people in the UK and early intervention with effective varicose vein treatments, such as Sonovein, will help to prevent people from needing more serious medical intervention for their condition.
Varicose veins symptomsIn some cases, varicose veins may not cause a sufferer any noticeable pain. signs you may have varicose veins can include dark blue or purple veins that appear just under the skin on your lower legs or veins that look swollen, twisted and bulging. Varicose veins can be painful and people can get achy legs or a feeling of heaviness, burning, itching, cramping, throbbing pain and may notice their lower legs swelling up. Sufferers can also feel their symptoms get worse when standing up or sitting down for a long time. You may also notice that your skin is becoming discoloured around a prominent vein.
How varicose veins developOver time the valves in your veins can weaken or become damaged, causing blood to pool in the veins and not be efficiently returned to the heart to be recirculated. To enable the blood in your veins to be returned to the heart, your veins need to work against gravity and once the valves start to weaken, it makes it more difficult for your veins to work properly. The elasticity of the vein walls and muscular contractions in the lower legs act as pumps to return the blood to the heart. The vein valves open to allow blood to flow towards the heart and then close to ١prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction, but once the valves in the veins weaken or become damaged, the blood will flow backwards and become pooled within the veins of the lower legs, causing the elastic walls of the veins to stretch and twist up. If left untreated, varicose veins can deteriorate further and cause painful, weeping ulcers that can become infected. Large varicose veins in the leg can develop dangerous blood clots known medically as thrombophlebitis. Both can be serious conditions that will need medical attention.
What varicose vein treatments are available?The Veins Doctor offers a wide range of quick and effective varicose vein treatments from his clinics based in London, Guilford or Bristol. You will need to book a consultation and have a Doppler-Ultrasound scan taken of your legs that will enable us to analyse the health and condition of all the major and minor veins within your legs. Treatment options can vary according to your scan results so may include one or a combination of these options:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation of the veins (EVLA)
- Endovenous Microwave Ablation of the veins (EMWA)
- High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
- Transluminal Occlusion Of the Perforators (TRLOP)
- Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy and microsclerotherapy
New varicose veins treatment, SONOVEIN SDr OMAR Abu-Bakr is the first surgeon in the UK to introduce the latest treatment for varicose veins called Sonovein S, which is a High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment. This new treatment is completely non-invasive and uses focused ultrasound energy to target one point (the Focal Point) within the venous wall. The water that sits in the cells composing the walls of the vein, the intracellular water, absorbs the ultrasound energy, causing the water molecules to vibrate and heat up leading to the contraction of collagen fibres in the wall and to cause cellular death and venous wall fibrosis. The vein closes and dies off and the body will absorb the dead vein tissue over time. To put it in layman terms, Sonovein S treatments blast varicose veins with high energy Ultrasound waves to effectively cauterise the veins from within without the need for surgery. The treatments take mere minutes and leave patients completely scar-free and zero risk of infection. This new procedure is just one of the latest varicose vein treatment options that Dr Omar offers at his clinics.
Non-invasive treatmentThe beauty of this new treatment is that it is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in the doctor’s office. 80% of the patients will not require the use of any anaesthetic at all. There is no need for surgery or the insertion of catheters into the veins, or time off for recovery post-treatment. You can have the Sonovein S treatment and go right back to your normal daily activities immediately afterwards. For more information on varicose veins treatment or the new Sonovein High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment, please contact Dr Omar Abu-Bakr who would be delighted to speak about your issues and options available to you.