Varicose vein therapy even on hot days – is that possible?
The summer has been announced with all its power, the A19 motorway is jam – packed in the direction of the Baltic Sea and the hotels in Rostock and Warnemünde can record a strong increase in sales. The hot season has impressively reported back – for days high temperatures interrupted by heat storms.
And we can in Rostock practice many sailboats on the Warnow, sailing towards the Baltic Sea, watch. We are happy, are almost euphoric.
But the increasing heat makes it hard for people with disorders of the venous function – we notice that – i.a. also in a quite paradoxical situation – the calls in our practice increase with increasing heat. And we have more visitors to our website. There are many requests for therapy, dates for sealing veins and the adhesive microfoam (sealing microfoam) are surprisingly still agreed!
This is a phenomenon that has been increasingly observed in our practice in Berlin and Rostock for about three years.
Increasing pain and symptoms in the summer
Especially people with known venous disorders, but also allegedly veins healthy complain of increasing swelling and aching legs in rising temperatures. After all, about 60-70% of all adults in men and women suffer from varicose veins, but only about 11-15% of all patients actually have discomfort or assign their discomfort to the veins.
From a pathophysiological point of view, one has to imagine the mechanism as follows: In order to be able to cool it down with heat itself, the body has incorporated some regulatory mechanisms. The leg veins play a central role in this – as the body heats up, the veins expand and more blood flows through it – it is cooled and heat is removed from the body.
People with impaired venous function – usually without discomfort – are therefore twice as burdened in summer. On the one hand, the defective venous function, on the other hand, the heat regulation with additional expansion of the already regulatively enlarged varicose veins. Throughout the day, the legs swell painfully and the heat becomes agony. Varicose veins can become inflamed locally or there are even leg vein thromboses. Even cosmetically disturbing spider veins become more visible and can also lead to local pain.
Here are our tips for active therapy for venous disorders
In general, regular cold castings, high – legging, and wearing thin compression stockings made from cotton fabric are a simple basic therapy. The special cotton stockings can also be moistened or cooled. They should be washed regularly and if necessary you can stop wearing the stockings (advantageous half stockings) even at high temperatures. A lot of exercise also helps the veins, swimming, cycling and walking are well suited.
Interventional rehabilitation of venous disorders:
Here, the minimally invasive catheter-assisted endovenous procedures, e.g. Laser, radio wave and glue as well as the micro foam therapy an ever larger role – because the restrictions after the procedure are compared to the traditional radical Stripping procedure comparatively very small. In the last 6 years the non-thermal procedures – the VenaSeal – therapy of the venous life and the micro foam therapy with short-term compression of 5-7 days are increasingly in demand. Venous adhesive is the first minimally invasive catheter-based procedure that eliminates the need for compression therapy. So you can take a shower in the evening and swim and swim again on the first day after the procedure. Painful spider veins and reticular veins can also be treated in the summer by means of micro foam ablation and sealing foam. Wearing compression stockings (high cotton content) is limited to a few days. Bathing and showering are possible again immediately. Even a sailing trip on the Baltic Sea, a bike ride in the Harz or a golf tournament in Warnemünde on the first day after the procedure have been described to us by our patients
Doctor`s new understanding of therapy
As a result, new treatment options not only change the way our patients think about varicose vein therapy in the summer. We vet therapists, too, gratefully accept the new therapeutic options and say goodbye to the boasting law of not performing vein therapy in the summer.
Summer is no longer taboo for varicose vein therapy!