Sclerotherapy is a safe and reliable form of vein removal for patients in New Jersey who suffer from visible veins. These venous issues most often occur on the legs, ankles, and feet where blood is more likely to pool and cause enlarged blood vessels. Spider veins and varicose veins are some of the most common signs of venous insufficiency in the lower extremities. To learn more about sclerotherapy in New Jersey, call Cardiac Associates of North Jersey today!
Venous insufficiency typically occurs when vein valves weaken and fail to close properly. When this happens, blood struggles to make it back up the legs and into the heart. Therefore, it pools in the legs and feet, causing bulging veins, swelling, pain and other more concerning side effects. By treating spider veins and varicose veins with sclerotherapy, you can get rid of the appearance of these veins and also rid yourself of the aches and pains that often accompany them.
Sclerotherapy can be used on problematic veins that are three millimeters wide or larger. The veins must be wide enough for the practitioner to access them with a fine needle. Therefore, while sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment for most varicose veins, it may not work for the smallest spider veins.
Sclerotherapy may be a good choice for you if your veins have progressed beyond the point where compression stockings and lifestyle changes can help. With this treatment, you can permanently get rid of your problematic veins. If your varicose veins are large enough, we may first choose to use ultrasound to determine how healthy your veins are and how the venous blood drains.
During the treatment, we will access the problematic vein with a very small needle. Using this needle, we will inject either a strong saline solution or a special foam into your vein. The saline will destroy cells and cause a clot in the vein. On the other hand, the sclerosant foam will fill the vein and harden, causing blood flow to stop. Foam is usually used for larger veins.
Results may not be immediate, but they will be permanent. Following the procedure, you will be sent home with instructions as to how you should care for the injection sites and when you can resume activity. You will be able to move around and perform light activities but will want to avoid strenuous activities for about a week.
There is no need to fear that your circulatory system will be harmed by getting rid of these superficial veins. As the veins are damaged and form clots, your blood is simply redirected to other healthy veins, which can actually improve such symptoms as ankle swelling, pain, and leg cramps. Complete reduction of spider veins and varicose veins typically happens within two to four months.