Venous Coil Embolization and Open Ligation

Venous Coil Embolization and Open Ligation md top10mdVenous Coil Embolization and Open Ligation are two separate procedures that treat vascular problems. The blood vessels are subject to changes that can sometimes be life-threatening. Aneurysms are a major problem that affects so many people. Undergoing a procedure like venous coil embolization or ligation can treat the problem and bring you back to health. You may have damaged and abnormal blood vessels. If that is the case, the best thing to do is remove them. You may not be able to remove arteries, but veins and capillaries can be removed. If you are having vascular problems, these procedures may be just what you need.

Vascular System

The vascular system is also called the circulatory system. The vascular system consists of blood vessels. The vessels carry blood and lymph throughout the body. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells and cleans the blood. You may think only blood is carried through the blood vessels, but there a lot more things the vessels carry. Oxygen is one. The lungs and heart are connected in a way that allows for an exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The blood is also used to carry nutrients through the body and carry away waste. That is where the kidneys come in. The kidneys filter out the waste being carried in the blood and help to expel the waste and clean the blood. The vascular system is an intricate system that works to keep us healthy. When one of the vessels do not work properly, it could affect the flow of blood and the vessel may need to be removed.

Vein Ligation Procedure

Vein ligation is a surgical procedure that removes the vein completely. There are multiple reasons why a vein becomes damaged. Sometimes vein damage is not a big deal, but other times it may cause complications that are not good for your health. Several parts of the vein have to be damaged before a surgeon considers removing it. The first step of the procedure is making incisions. The incisions are made below the vein and on top of the vein. The surgeon may create up to three incisions. A specialized instrument is placed into the vein and threaded to the first incision. The surgeon then ties off the damaged vein or parts of the vein. Sometimes the veins around it are damaged, and the surgeon will take those out as well. If the surrounding veins are fine, they will be left in the body.

Reason for Vein Ligation

Vein ligation is the best procedure for varicose veins. Varicose veins are large entangled veins that do not typically cause serious health concerns but are cosmetically unappealing. Vein ligation can also treat bleeding from varicose veins. If you have a lot of swelling or aching in the legs, you may need this procedure. Anytime you have open sores or damage to the deep veins; vein ligation is a must.

Coil Embolism

Coil embolism is a slightly different procedure. Coil embolism combines x-ray use, catheter use, and ultrasound all in one. The surgery is minimally invasive, and there are no risks of scarring or infection. To begin the procedure, a catheter with an attached coil is placed into the damaged vein. In most cases, the catheter goes through the leg. The coil is placed inside the vein to stop blood flow through the vessel. The surgeon may add alcohol to irritate the inner layer of the vein and force it closed. Sometimes 5 and six coils are put in place to stop blood flow through that vein.

Reason for Coil Embolism

Coil embolism does work for varicose veins, but its primary use is for aneurysms. When an aneurysm is at a point where it may burst, the best thing to do is cut it off before it reaches that point. A burst aneurysm is life-threatening, and if it is not treated quickly, you could die. The coils are put in place of where an aneurysm is. If the blood stops flowing to that area, the aneurysm will not enlarge, and it will not burst.

Venous Coil Embolization and Open Ligation md top10mdRisks and Benefits

Both surgeries carry risks. With vein ligation, the risk includes bruising and recurring varicose veins. In the case of coil embolism, the risks include stroke and numbness, if the surgery is performed in the brain. For both surgeries, risks are low, and the benefits are major. You lose the appearance of varicose veins, and you also can save yourself from life-threatening results of an aneurysm that bursts.

Venous Coil Embolization and Open Ligation are two procedures that treat separate things.   Open ligation cuts off veins and the blood supply to certain areas of the body where the vein may be damaged. If you suffer from varicose veins, this may be the best treatment for you. Ligation is also used in surgery where you no longer want to have kids. Coil embolization treats aneurysms. If you suffer from vascular problems, talk with your doctor about these treatments.


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