Sitting all day in an office setting seems to be a profession that creates no physical demands on the body. However, in the long term, for individuals who sit and work in an office all day, there are health complications that arise simply due to lack of mobility. Varicose vein is a chronic health complication that has risen in recent years as the numbers of adults working in sedentary positions has risen. If you suffer from varicose veins, it is important to understand what treatment options are available and how it can be incorporated into your life to alleviate the complications of sedentary work.
Lack of proper blood flow is the leading cause of varicose veins among sedentary adults. In fact, the complications with varicose veins are so common that it is expected that nearly 40 percent of the adult workforce will suffer from them at some point in their working life. While most varicose vein complications are simply cosmetic, there are many adults that will suffer long term health complications – leading to even more sedentary confinement into retirement.
For sedentary workers, the risk into retirement comes with the change in vascular blood flow when varicose veins are present. For some workers, using a procedure that requires a surgical removal of the complicated veins becomes necessary but, in some cases, there may be an alternate form of treatment. A treatment known as foam sclerotherapy may offer an alternative form of treatment with fewer health risks and fewer complications.
The advantage to foam sclerotherapy lies in the more accurate puncture of your vein which then, in turn, releases foam into the vein more accurately as well. The disadvantage to this type of treatment is the need for more advanced surgical equipment in a more advanced facility. When considering your treatment options for varicose veins, you may want to investigate the options and consider a facility that offers foam sclerotherapy as a surgical option. In addition to the need for quality surgical facilities, the foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins has led to the need for repeat procedures in some patients. Because the vein is not surgically removed, there is a risk for long term re-development of the varicose vein. However, this type of treatment may lead to far better outcomes in your vascular treatment and there are relatively fewer risks in the short term when compared to other types of varicose vein surgery.
Sedentary work has become more common in the last decade. As the adult population begins to enter into retirement, there is a far greater likelihood that vascular diseases and the presence of varicose veins will become more common. If you have fallen victim to the varicose vein complication, be sure you ask your doctors about the options for foam sclerotherapy as a viable treatment option in lieu of riskier surgical options for varicose veins.
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