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Los Angeles Based Scleropathy Vein Treatment That Can Relieve the Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are enlarged, prominent veins, which develop when the valves inside the vein begin to fail. This process interferes with the efficiency of the circulatory system, resulting in blood remaining in the vein for longer than it should, rather than continuing on its journey around the body. Over time, the veins become more prominent. Varicose veins can occur anywhere, but are particularly common in the lower limbs, as this is where pressure on the veins is at its greatest. They are frequently seen in overweight individuals, or can develop during pregnancy. Not only do varicose veins look unsightly, they can also cause considerable discomfort, particularly after protracted periods of standing. Scleropathy for varicose veins is a well-tolerated treatment that can make a significant difference to your symptoms.
How Scleropathy Treatment for Varicose Veins Works
Varicose vein treatment using scleropathy is straight-forward and doesn’t involve a general anesthetic. The intervention involves a series of injections into the vein of a compound (sclerosant) that interferes with the lining of the blood vessel. Ultimately the damage causes clotting in the vein, followed by its breakdown and absorption into the body. The procedure is undertaken under a local anesthetic and most people feel very little, if any, discomfort. Ultrasound control is used to ensure the injections are appropriately sited and that the right volume of solution is injected. Depending on the size of the vein, one or more injections will be needed in a treatment session. Usually two or three sessions are required before the vein is completely absorbed by the body.
Is Scleropathy for Varicose and Spider Veins Safe?
For most people, scleropathy is a safe, straight-forward procedure that is completed with few, if any, side effects. Prior to treatment, our clinicians will perform a full assessment of each patient, to ensure that they are suitable candidate for scleropathy. Our team is fully qualified and experienced in scleropathy, as well as having access to top quality equipment that maximizes the chances of a successful outcome. Because scleropathy treatment for varicose veins is undertaken under a local anesthetic, the risks are much smaller than if a general anesthetic was given. As well as taking every possible precaution during treatment, we also provide comprehensive after care and support, doing our utmost to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Recovery Time Following Scleropathy Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins
Obviously recovery time varies between individuals and is also dependent on the size of the vein, treatment location and a range of other factors. Treatment is a day procedure and patients can usually leave almost as soon as it’s completed, although we advise that they do not drive immediately following the procedure. Following the treatment, we apply bandages, compression pads and an elastic compression stocking, in order to compress the injected veins. These will need to be worn for around a week following the procedure, although the stocking can be taken off at night or for showering. During this time you should be able to continue to perform all your usual activities. Recovery from the treatment is usually far advanced by around seven days post-procedure, although the vein may require further treatments and may take several weeks or months to disappear completely.
Alternatives to Scleropathy Treatment for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
If it becomes apparent that scleropathy treatment for spider veins or varicose veins isn’t going to be right for you, there are other options which you may wish to consider, in consultation with one of our team. In addition to scleropathy, we also offer varicose vein surgery, laser vein removal, compression therapy, microphlebectomy and various other options which can work well for some patients. If you want to find out more about these choices, we are always happy to discuss them with you, giving you the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
Side Effects of Scleropathy for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Generally, scleropathy vein treatment works well for most patients, with few, if any, side effects. The most common side effect is the formation of prominent lumps in the vein. These are due to the body destroying the vein and will usually disappear after a few weeks or months. If they present problems, we are able to offer anti-inflammatory medication and a range of other treatment options. Other side effects occasionally include Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), changes in skin color at the treatment site, ulceration or an allergic reaction. Rarely, patients may experience visual disturbances or a stroke following scleropathy. Although side effects can be severe, the major ones are also extremely uncommon. If you have any concerns about scleropathy, we welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you during your consultation at our Los Angeles clinic.