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How to Treat Varicose Veins - Sclerotherapy
Varicose and Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a very commonly done procedure to treat spider and varicose veins. Almost 400,000 procedures were completed in the United States in 2010.
These veins are found primarily on the lower legs, thighs and sometimes on the face. In the United States there are 80 million people suffering from this problem and over 50% are women over the age of 21 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
The typical symptoms of varicose veins:
- Night cramps
There are also some possible complications for untreated varicose veins that include thrombophletis, which in the formation of a blood clot, and possible ulcerations. Fibrotic and scarred skin (called stasis dermatitis) can also occur. They occur more frequently in pregnant women.
Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment
People are often embarrassed by the look of these unattractive veins. Compression stockings may help the discomfort and also prevent new vein problems. Elevating the legs when sitting or when sleeping may also be helpful. Age and obesity increase the possibility of having this vein problem.
Sclerotherapy is the procedure to treat spider veins or varicose veins by a physician is very simple. It is done in a physician's office and has proven to be successful over many years. A chemical sclerant is injected into the vein, which causes the vein to collapse. The vein will disappear in a few weeks. Blood is forced into healthier veins after this procedure. The full procedure only lasts for 15-30 minutes.
This procedure is often repeated three or four times, depending on the size of the vein and the number of veins being treated. Side effect are rare, except for some slight bruising. It is suggested that walking following the procedure helps to improve good circulation, and it will prevent blood clots.
Sclerotherapy Varicose Vein Treatment
If you have small varicose veins wearing tight stockings designed for this problem may help the condition from further progressing. Sit or lie down and put your feet up higher than your heart for a few minutes when you get a chance.
Sclerotherapy relieves the symptoms immediately and improves the appearance of the patient. A major benefit is there is no down time following the treatment, and there is almost no discomfort.
The physicians prefer that the patients are non-smokers, and they want patients that are in good health. Sclerotherapy is not done on pregnant women.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Do you have spider or varicose veins and have you had sclerotherapy?
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby