Are Varicose Vein Treatments A Good Investment?
- Posted on: Jun 25 2013
According to a recent article on NewsFix.ca Health from Toronto, doctors at the University of Sheffield in England have been reviewing the outcome of varicose veins treatments in the U.K. The verdict? The treatments improve symptoms, quality of life and patient satisfaction. The article said:
Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins just under the skin caused by faulty valves which allow backflow of blood. They are unsightly and often give rise to a heavy, aching feeling. The veins can be treated either by surgery to remove them or by sclerotherapy, in which an injection causes them to shrivel up.
The researchers looked at the effect of treatment on patients with mild, moderate or severe varicose veins. They carried out economic modeling to show how cost effective treatments were.
For all patient groups, treatment was cost effective in terms of quality of life, improvement of symptoms and patient satisfaction. In other words, it is a good investment for the health service.
Delays, while people wait for treatment, postpone the benefits and should be avoided when possible. There is no case for rationing varicose vein treatment, the researchers conclude.
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