Cold weather improves the effects of varicose vein treatments
The winter months are ideal to undergo varicose and spider vein surgery. The Head of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Unit at the Quirónsalud Marbella Hospital, Dr Rubén Rodriguez Carvajal, explains the benefits of this type of surgery during the colder seasons. "Weather has an impact on the recovery from this type of intervention. Our experience has shown us that heat slows down recovery, whilst cold improves the effects of the treatment. On the other hand, cold weather minimises the skin pigmentation caused by the bruise that tends to emerge after surgery" –he assures.
Rodriguez Carvajal points out that a series of technological developments have brought considerable benefits for the patient, providing comfort during recovery after surgery. "Nowadays, the treatments available are mainly non-invasive, as no major incisions are required in order to remove the varicose veins, unlike how it used to be with conventional surgery" –the specialist at Quirónsalud Marbella hospital explains. The expert states that the techniques used nowadays "enable us to treat venous insufficiency using a minimally invasive approach, with just a simple puncture and local anaesthetics".
Nevertheless, the surgeon also highlights that patients need to apply extra care during the days following surgery in order to ensure complete success of the procedure. "In fact, patients are only required to follow very easy recommendations such as using compression stockings and avoid long periods in the same position, either standing or seating. Patients must remain active at all times and they may resume their habitual activities in just a few days. At times of intense heat, the first recommendation is usually more uncomfortable for the patient, thus our suggestion for varicose surgery to be undertaken during the Autumn or Winter periods, although our hospital is performing these procedures all year round".
Varicose veins are unusually dilated veins, which are a consequence of poor circulation. These veins become engorged because they are unable to efficiently return the blood to the heart. They can appear as a result of overweight, lack of exercise, work practices, etc.).
Superficial venous insufficiency of the lower limbs is a common problem which affects 40% of the female population in its majority (4 women for every 1 man).