Varicose veins are the result of unhealthy blood flow in the legs. When this happens the pressure on the legs forces the veins to twist and engorge. There are several treatment options for varicose veins available. These vary from surgery to non-surgical procedures that can be performed at home.
Many different kinds of medical treatments can be administered to reverse the effects of venous disease. Some of these include balloon angioplasty, stripping, radio frequency ablation, and infrared photocoagulation. Moreover, there’s phlebectomy of varicose veins.
There are also various injections that can be given to relieve the symptoms of swollen legs. All of these treatments are used in an attempt to remove the veins and restore proper vein function.
Sclerotherapy is one of the least invasive methods of vein treatments. It consists of injecting a chemical tolerant into the problem area.
The tolerant irritates the vessel walls and causes them to collapse and shrink, resulting in immediate relief of symptoms. Sclerotherapy recovery time depends on the number of chemicals exposed to the body as well as the amount of pressure that is applied to the affected area.
Another treatment option is laser ablation. Laser ablation is done through a special process where a fiber-optic optic laser is used to heat and bind damaged tissues.
Once the binding is completed, a bandage-like compression garment is applied to prevent further damage. The recovery time is very short for this procedure, as compared to some of the other treatments discussed.
Sclerotherapy and laser ablation are effective but treatment options for varicose veins require more than just one treatment option. There are factors that should be considered prior to have either procedure done.
One of the first things to consider is whether or not there is an underlying medical condition causing the condition in the first place.
Some conditions only manifest themselves with the development of varicose veins, while others are more advanced and may not show themselves until a family has several children.
Some of these conditions include hypovolemia, poor circulation due to venous insufficiency, family history of blood vessel disorders, pregnancy, and obesity.
One of the most serious side effects of receiving treatment via an invasive procedure is the risk of infection. Some of the more common infections after treatment through laser or sclerotherapy involve the skin and the blood vessels of the body.
These include skin infections, gangrene, and necrotic skin death (necrosis). If you are planning to undergo either laser or sclerotherapy treatment for your veins, you should also know what to expect afterward.
Some of the common side effects following either procedure include mild to moderate discomfort, bruising, loss of sensation, and some mild fever. This is usually temporary and usually mild enough to go away on its own.
Other side effects can be serious, especially if you undergo either procedure without the supervision of a doctor. These can include permanent damage to the veins, excessive bleeding, an increased risk of infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.
Another option for treating spider veins, which can also reduce the symptoms associated with this condition, is called laser lipo. During this treatment, a laser fiber is placed in the problem area.
The fiber is designed to break up and destroy the veins, helping to shrink them and prevent new ones from forming. This process leaves behind smaller, more natural-looking blood vessels that carry much more blood, which helps to prevent the buildup of blood in the legs and throughout the body.
This treatment is often recommended for individuals suffering from chronic spider vein problems or individuals that are losing their legs due to a condition such as cancer or an accident.