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›What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are abnormal dilatations of the veins in the legs. This tends to be more frequent in women than in men. This affection is mainly found in people around 30 to 70 years old and it has an 80% of hereditary origin.

Some factors that may lead to this affection are: pregnancy, standing position for long periods of time, obesity, hormones alterations, contraceptive pills, smoking. Common symptoms are: feeling tired legs, cramps, itching, and even strong aches. Varicose veins are formed due to an incorrect functioning of the venous wall and the venous valves of the legs. These valves – in a correct functioning – allow blood to return to the heart opposing to gravity. If there is a wrong functioning, blood circulates in bidirectional way so veins get widen and become insufficient for a correct circulation.

›How to diagnose varicose veins?

There are varicose veins of different degrees and with different characteristics so they must be evaluated by a specialist. Nowadays, non-invasive techniques determine a complete hemodynamic evaluation like the Duplex Scanning Color, showing the refluxes and an anatomic and functional mapping of the venous affection in each patient. Not all varicose veins should be operated. This decision will depend on the patient’s diagnosis and its circumstances.

›How is the treatment varicose veins?

Once the venous affection has been completely determined, different types of treatment can be applied such as:

a) medical type: medicine, elastic bandage, and exercise.

b) surgical type: Saphenectomy (the stripping of the Saphenous vein), Microsurgery (the stripping of branches of main veins), Crossectomy (Surgical ligation), AF Repairing?(minimal invasive technique through the application of Titanium clips), and other alternatives like Chiva’s technique , Endovascular Laser, Closure and Foam.

›How to prevent varicose veins?

Prevention is the key to diminish the risk of suffering from varicose veins. Exercises such as swimming, walking, cycling are highly recommended as well as a rest with the legs in a high position. On the other hand, overweight should be controlled, standing for long periods of time should be avoided, as well as wearing tight clothes or high heels. The use of hot shaving wax for legs and long solar exposure are not advisable, either.

›Which are AF Repairing advantages over the current techniques?

AF Repairing® technique does not strip, neither destroys or burns varicose veins like other techniques do. As its name says so, this technique determines a repairing of the venous circulation since eliminates the mechanisms that generate varicose veins through the external application of Titanium clips in specific places. Since veins are not damaged, the possibility of generating Venous Thrombosis (clots) and Pulmonary Thromboembolism (clots migration to lungs) disappears.

Since the main venous of the legs have been preserved, these can be used in Coronary By-pass – Peripheral and other surgeries concerning with grafts.

Besides, its application on diabetic and obese patients as well as on those with hematological alterations and with concomitant venous disease made of this technique the best alternative to be applied.

AF Repairing® is different to surgeries such as Crossectomy and Chiva’s technique because its concepts and strategies are completely different.

›How long does it take to recover after AF Repairing® application?

This technique is of almost immediate recovery, in a few days the patient can come back to normal life without symptoms and feeling maximum comfort. Exercise or other activities can be done again due to the fact that AF Repairing® does not damage anatomic structures for its minimal invasive and repairing characteristics.

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