If you are in search of solutions to address the symptoms of varicose veins, EPIC Surgery Center of Scottsdale is here to help. We offer varicose veins treatment options, including sclerotherapy, with proven relief. With our physicians’ extensive experience and commitment to excellence, you can count on the highest level of care and service.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are unsightly veins that typically appear on the legs, anywhere from the ankles to the groin area. The veins in the legs are especially prone to this condition because of the increased pressure placed on them while standing or walking. Varicose veins develop when the valves in the affected veins become damaged, causing problems with blood flow.
Over time, blood collects in the veins, making them appear like twisted, bulging, rope-like cords. Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. They often cause swelling, cramping, heaviness, tenderness, aching, skin discoloration, or a burning or tingling sensation.
If you have symptoms and neglect to get treatment for varicose veins, the condition may progress and produce severe complications, including inflammation (phlebitis), ankle sores, skin ulcers, or bleeding. Moreover, varicose veins increase the risk of developing blood clots.
Venous Sclerotherapy: An Overview
Sclerotherapy is a procedure we use to treat varicose or spider veins. It’s usually the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. The time-tested technique has been used with great success since the 1930s.
During treatment, we’ll inject a solution using a very fine needle directly into the diseased vein, which irritates its lining, causing it to swell and shut and block the flow of blood. You may experience mild cramping and discomfort, especially when treating larger veins. The entire procedure typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
What Happens After Venous Sclerotherapy?
You’ll be able to get up and walk soon after your sclerotherapy treatment. Make sure to move your legs and walk to prevent the formation of blood clots. You’ll need to wear compression stockings for approximately two weeks to maintain compression on the treated vein.
Venous sclerotherapy requires minimal downtime. In fact, most people return to their everyday activities the same day. It’s advisable to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or any anti-inflammatory medications for at least 48 hours. Also, refrain from strenuous activities for a couple of weeks.
Make sure to avoid direct sun exposure to the treated area. Otherwise, the inflammation at the injection site coupled with sun exposure can lead to brown lines or spots on your skin, especially if you have darker skin.
What Are the Expected Treatment Results?
Over time, the treated vein turns into scar tissue and eventually disappears. The body will naturally redirect the blood to a healthy blood vessel. The veins usually fade within three to six weeks, although it may take three to four months for larger veins to show the full results. Veins treated successfully will not reappear. However, new veins may appear and require future treatments.