Varicose veins represent one of the most troublesome vein-related conditions. They can make you feel less attractive and make you feel uncomfortable in your body. The most problematic trait of varicose veins is the fact that they are next to impossible for people to treat at home. Compression stockings and other non-surgical methods are designed to provide temporary relief. Changes in diet and exercise may not reverse the damage that results in varicose veins.
The good news is that sclerotherapy is a relatively minor procedure designed to permanently treat varicose veins. It works by affecting the undesirable veins without the need for invasive surgery or lengthy recovery periods.
Understanding Why Varicose Veins Form
It is imperative to understand why varicose veins form in order to understand how sclerotherapy treats them. Varicose veins form as the result of blood being unable to move through veins properly. This deforms the valves, which in turn causes the vein to stretch until it can be seen at the surface of the skin.
This deformation tends to be irreversible when it passes a certain stage. This is why patients who undergo significant changes in their diet or exercise routine may see some relief from varicose veins, but they may still be present.
Sclerotherapy: Treating Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy is a simple but effective procedure designed to form clots in undesirable veins. Our medical professional will inject a special solution into the problematic vein, which in turn will cause the vein to occlude. As the vein occludes, blood will stop passing through it. This results in the eventual death of the vein, which in turn means that it will be absorbed by the body as waste.
This entire process can be completed in as little as half an hour. Patients will experience minimal discomfort, which in turn makes this procedure preferable to surgical vein removal and other procedures for varicose veins.
Why is Sclerotherapy Effective?
Sclerotherapy is effective due to the way it utilizes the body’s natural processes to remove varicose veins. The solution is the only artificial component in this process. The solution works by irritating the walls of the vein, which in turn allows for the clot to form. The blood flow stops to the varicose vein, which results in immediate improvement.
As the vein is removed, the patient will see further improvements. This means that sclerotherapy can be completed quickly and with minimal discomfort. Patients will need to limit themselves to light or moderate physical activity for a few days following the procedure to ensure the clot is maintained.
Another reason sclerotherapy is more effective than alternatives like compression stockings revolves around the permanent way it treats varicose veins. Patients should not see symptoms emerge again after receiving sclerotherapy.
Contact Us Today
While sclerotherapy can treat most instances of varicose veins, it may be unable to treat them all. This is why seeking a professional’s opinion will greatly benefit you. To see if sclerotherapy is right for you, schedule a consultation at South Lake OB/GYN in Clermont. We can evaluate your needs to help form the most effective plan. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.