Varicose veins, can be an ongoing source of frustration for many individuals. While effective treatments exist, there are cases where varicose veins may reappear despite prior treatment. Here we look into the personal experience of a patient who faced the recurrence of varicose veins, shedding light on the factors that contributed to this.
Patient Case Study
Let’s explore the journey of a 50-year-old patient who presented with recurring varicose veins. We are grateful to this patient for giving us permission to share her photos, which will be used for educational purposes.
The visible vein highlighted in the images is known as the Anterior Thigh Circumflex Vein. It is a commonly encountered vein pattern often associated with reflux in the Great Saphenous Vein or the Anterior Accessory Saphenous Vein. Approximately a decade ago, this patient underwent sclerotherapy to address this vein, but the results were not as successful as desired. The reason behind the persistent vein was its connection to the untreated Saphenous Vein, emphasizing the importance of diagnosing all potential sources of reflux for appropriate treatment.
In this recent case, we employed Endovenous Laser Ablation to treat the Great Saphenous Vein, coupled with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy to target the visible varicose vein. The combined approach yielded complete sclerosis and absorption of the varicose vein network.
The follow-up image, taken 12 months after the treatment, shows minimal hyperpigmentation, a common occurrence following vein treatment. Another follow-up appointment will be scheduled in 12 months to reassess the condition and scan for any residual vein networks.
Through the use of Endovenous Laser Ablation and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, we successfully treated the Right Great Saphenous Vein and the Anterior Thigh Circumflex Vein, respectively. The post-treatment image captured at the 12-month mark demonstrates the positive outcome achieved in this case.
By sharing this patient’s journey and highlighting the treatment strategies employed, we aim to provide valuable insights into managing recurrent varicose veins. Understanding the complexities involved can empower individuals facing similar challenges, fostering informed decision-making and effective long-term solutions.