People suffering from varicose veins can soon enjoy a better quality of life, with a Beijing hospital launching a project to introduce minimally invasive treatments to more Chinese doctors.
Compared with vein stripping surgery, the new treatments, such as TriVex, radio frequency and laser, have many advantages including shorter hospital stays, smaller surgical wounds, faster recovery and no scarring, according to Liu Peng, chief of cardio-vascular surgery at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing.
The hospital is cooperating with InaVein Llc and VNUS Inc from the United States, as well as Diomed Inc from the United Kingdom, to set up the TriVex, RFO (radiofrequency endoveous occlusion) and EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) training centers. It will hold the first training class on minimally invasive treatment for 193 doctors, mainly from northern China.
Varicose veins, or varicosities, is a common ailment. According to the latest report by the National Health Screening in China, approximately 100 million people suffer from varicosities.
The number of patients afflicted with varicose veins of the lower limbs accounts for 40 percent of the total.
Varicosities is related to the blockage in veins which happens when venous blood flows back to the heart; it appears as lumpy, winding vessels just below the surface of the skin, Dr Liu explains.
Standing for long period increases pressure in the veins in the legs, and they have to work harder to pump blood back upwards to the heart.
Sometimes this pressure can break the valves in the veins which should only let the blood go one way - toward the heart. This means blood can collect in pools in the veins.