Today we are discussing Vein Health specifically for Truck Drivers and Professional Drivers.
So much to discuss that it is in 2 parts with this being part 1.
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LASER TECH MAKES VEIN HEALTH A BREEZE FOR THE LONG HAUL!
For drivers in the trucking industry, good circulation in the feet and legs is not just a comfort, it’s a basic necessity. Clearly, strong and functional lower limb health is your essential, inbuilt and on-board tool of the trade. When covering long distances working a rig and with lots of robust physical activity in between, the last thing you need is to be suffering from aches, pains, throbbing or deadness in the legs.
These symptoms are often associated with varicose veins, a condition that affects many more men than you might imagine. In fact, you know that around a quarter of the men aged between 30 and 40, and half of men over 70 years have varicose vein conditions?
Let’s put the great news right up front: Since laser surgery came into being, the difference for men’s good health (or anyone’s for that matter) is nothing short of amazing!
In the days before laser treatments, varicose vein operations could not be said to be quick, easy nor painless. But these days laser technology has revolutionised and simplified varicose vein procedures, taking the condition out of the ‘too hard basket’ and squarely putting it into the realm of things that you don’t have to suffer or ‘live with’ any longer.
For those who’d like to know more about what’s involved, in Part I here and in Part II that follows we’ll list some of the answers to questions we commonly get asked about our laser treatments for varicose vein conditions. As one of Australia’s most respected vein clinics, we’ve dealt with a multitude of similar cases and can offer simple, uncomplicated, expert appraisal and treatment for this condition. It’s what we do.
The name is Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). EVLA is a minimally-invasive treatment to remove varicose veins. A tiny, needle-sized laser is inserted into the veins and then a precisely-controlled flow of energy is released, to seal the vein and allow blood flow to be redirected to healthier veins. With endovenous treatment we can eliminate swollen or diseased veins without the need for hospitalisation, general anaesthetic or large incisions.
Hate hospitals? EVLA treatment is a simple, walk in, walk out procedure which is performed in relaxed comfort at our Vein Institute offices. Typical treatments take less than an hour and provide very quick relief of symptoms. You’ll be able to return to your work or normal activity immediately, which is great news when you have tight schedules to work with and you need to be back up and functioning quickly.
Spare me the time off! People are very relieved to hear that they will not need to take extended time off work for either the procedure itself or recovery. In fact, most treatments take only 30–60 minutes to perform. After treatment, you should be able to return to work or your daily routine immediately, without any disruption. Because no surgical incisions are needed, there is no scarring and the treatment is so gentle that there is essentially nothing to recover from. Now, that’s good news!
Spare me the pain! Ok – you can relax. This involves no more pain than getting an injection. An EVLA procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic. Your doctor inserts a small laser fibre into the damaged vein, usually through a needle. If the patient has a high sensitivity to pain the doctor can treat the area first with a numbing cream or offer anti-anxiety medications to make the process even more comfortable. Overall, pain from this procedure occurs minimally, if at all.
How does it work? During the procedure, your doctor uses ultrasound to guide the fibre to the proper location. Pulses of laser light are then delivered as the fibre is pulled through the vein, which makes the vein collapse and seal shut. The sealed varicose veins are dysfunctional and will dissolve into the body over time after the procedure. Your body will automatically re-route blood to healthier veins, with the result that your overall circulation will improve.
See our next blog for Part II in this series, with more FAQs about the endovenous laser ablation procedure, including how to prepare for it and what to expect during and after your treatment.
Don’t feel you have to wait until Part II to take your first steps towards getting an EVLA treatment under way, and restoring better circulation and vein health. Feel free to enquire or book an initial consultation by calling The Vein Institute on 1300 535 017.
If you prefer, you can complete the appointment request form on our website. You’ll be able to meet with one of our experienced doctors who will examine your varicose veins using safe, painless ultrasound technology, and quickly and easily you’ll know where you stand. You can ask any questions and they’ll recommend the best course of treatment for you, based on your individual condition.