Varicose veins are permanent, limited expansions of superficial veins, which are often lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. They are often caused by the imbalance of blood pressure in the superficial vein and the endurance of the vein’s walls. The most common cause of varicose veins is the insufficiency of venous valves and inherent or acquired weakness of the vein walls.
Course of treatment:
Mechano-chemical ablation ClariVein is a minimally-invasive procedure, safe and pain-free, which aims to exclude the damaged vein supplying the varicose veins, from the superficial vein’s circulation. After percutaneous incision of the vein controlled through the ultrasound imaging, a sterile catheter is inserted, which is connected to a rotation system powered by electric power. After placing a tip around the connection of the damaged superficial vein with deep vein, pushing the trigger on the handle of the device, a rotating mechanism is launched which spins the tip of the catheter. The vascular endothelium of the damaged vein is irritated. While slowly pulling out the rotating catheter, through a syringe attached to the handle, a sclerosant is applied to the vein - a chemical solution that by reacting with damaged endothelium leads to its closing.
Indications for surgical procedure:
- Varicose veins of lower limbs
- insufficiency of venous valves of the superficial vein of lower limb (great saphenous vein or short saphenous vein)
- preventive use of oral anticoagulants (for 10 days)
- wearing a class 1 compression stocking for 24 hours after the procedure and then during the day for two weeks.
- if the discomfort worsens, take pain relief drugs
- it is not advised to drive a car directly after the treatment
Already the next day the patients are able to return do moderate physical activity (walks, climbing the stairs, work which does not require intense effort). Return to exercise is possible after 2-4 weeks.
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