If you have veins on your legs that are visible through the skin and bulge out in a way that resembles cords that twist and turn, you likely have varicose veins. The legs are the most common places for varicose veins to develop. They form when the veins become enlarged because of pooling of the blood within them. Due to the negative impact they can have on appearance, many people seek varicose vein removal at our office.
Veins have the function of returning the blood back to the heart and lungs so it can get a fresh supply of oxygen and be delivered throughout the body through the arteries. If you can picture yourself in a standing position as the blood flows back toward the heart, you can imagine the blood in the legs being forced in an upward direction as it flows toward the heart and lungs. This means it must be pumped against the pull of gravity. To prevent gravity from causing the blood within the veins to flow backward, there are one-way valves throughout the veins that close off if the blood tries to go the wrong way. If these valves quit functioning as they should, the blood can begin to pool in the veins. This puts added pressure against the vessel walls and causes them to enlarge and become varicose.
Varicose veins can have a variety of effects on the lives of the people who have them. Since they tend to make the skin bulge out and are often discolored, they are considered to be unattractive by most. For many people, this is enough to negatively affect their self-esteem. They find themselves constantly worrying about what other people may think. They dress differently and may even abstain from participating in some activities.
Varicose veins frequently produce symptoms that lead to discomfort. They can be painful at times. They can also cause itching and burning. Sometimes, swelling of the legs and around the ankles can occur. These symptoms are usually worse for people who must spend a large part of their day on their feet. They can also be made worse by prolonged sitting in one position.
Of all the treatment options that are available for varicose vein removal, sclerotherapy has been in use the longest. It is a fairly simple procedure that can be done in the comfort of our office without the need for a hospital stay. Those receiving the treatments can walk away and even return to their normal lifestyles immediately after the procedure.
Sclerotherapy is done by injecting a solution into the varicose vein that is targeted for removal. The solution causes the vein to collapse and the walls to stick together, destroying the vein. Over the next several weeks, the body will absorb the tissue, and the vein will disappear from view.
If you have varicose veins and are wondering which treatment methods are best in your situation, you should ask our team at the South Texas Vein Institute about the use of sclerotherapy.
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