Varicose veins are a very common condition involving the appearance of twisted, swollen veins that are visible just under the surface of your skin. Although they are normally found in the legs, they can also develop in other parts of your body. Varicose veins do not typically present symptoms, but you may experience aching, burning, and other sensations. Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern for most people. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is available to help remove these unwanted blood vessels.
Varicose veins are often diagnosed by doctors when undergoing a physical examination. Additional tests may be needed in some cases. Losing weight, exercise, and not crossing your legs when sitting can prevent varicose veins from worsening. Avoiding long periods of time standing and wearing loose clothing may also help. If your varicose veins are causing symptoms or you simply do not like the way they appear, you may want to consider undergoing a sclerotherapy procedure.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure for the removal of varicose veins. It involves the injection of a sclerosing solution directly into the vein, which leads to its scarring and eventual collapse. The blood it contained will be rerouted through healthier veins.
The procedure is considered to be the treatment of choice for varicose veins. Many patients choose this type of procedure because it is minimally-invasive and highly-effective. It can help relieve symptoms related to varicose veins like swelling, burning, aching, and cramps. Your treated vein should eventually fade in the weeks following the treatment.
How is Sclerotherapy Performed?
Your sclerotherapy procedure is performed in the comfort of our office and does not require anesthesia. The entire process is usually quick, but it all depends upon the location and size of the veins requiring treatment.
We begin by cleaning the treatment area thoroughly. We then will insert the sclerosing solution into the problem vein. The sclerosing solution will irritate the vein lining, leading to its eventual collapse. After the procedure, the blood that once flowed through the varicose vein will be rerouted into nearby blood vessels for transport back to the heart.
Your Sclerotherapy Procedure
To learn more about sclerotherapy, simply schedule a consultation at DHR Health Vein Institute. Begin the process of ridding yourself of varicose veins. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in McAllen and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!