Many people find themselves experiencing unsightly vein diseases such as spider veins and varicose veins. In response to these problems, vein specialists have devised a number of treatments. Some of these treatments are more invasive than others, but there is one in particular that provides results with minimum invasion. This popular procedure is called sclerotherapy. Dr. John Chuback and the specialists at Chuback Medical Group have used this treatment to help many people reduce or eliminate their spider veins.
What can Bergen County, New Jersey patients expect from a sclerotherapy session?
The patients who are best suited to undergo sclerotherapy are those who are experiencing vein problems that are small and close to the surface. It is most often performed on superficial problems like spider veins, but some kinds of varicose veins can be addressed with it too. Because these veins are so close to the surface an ultrasound is not needed to provide visibility.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical agent into a problematic vein. This agent can be a liquid or foam. Its goal is to cause irritation or coagulation in the vein. The vein walls become stuck together, preventing blood from continuing to flow through the vessel. Scar tissue will form and the appearance of veins will begin to decrease. A complete elimination of the problem vein’s visibility will take some time, but after several sessions most patients see dramatic improvement.
How does sclerotherapy compare to other treatments?
Sclerotherapy is often used with another form of spider vein treatment known as conservative treatment. Conservative treatment refers to lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your vein health and reduce the risk of more problem veins occurring. This type of vein treatment may involve spending less time standing in one place or more time exercising. You may also be encouraged to make changes to your diet to help reduce your weight. Conservative treatment requires work to be done by the patient, but it pays off in overall better health.
Patients who undergo sclerotherapy will likely be encouraged to wear compression stockings. These stockings complement sclerotherapy by strengthening the calf pump. The calf pump helps blood to make its way back to heart, keeping it from pooling in the veins and causing additional problems. Compression stockings have been shown to improve the effectiveness of sclerotherapy treatments and should be worn if your spider vein doctor recommends it.
Sclerotherapy is best for superficial veins, but veins that are deeper in the leg can be addressed through Endovenous Laser Treatment (or EVLT treatment) by a laser expert. EVLT employs heat to close off problem veins. A tiny catheter is inserted into the diseased vein, and then a laser is used to apply heat. The heat closes the vein and the circulatory system redirects blood to healthy vessels. The body will absorb the blocked vein, allowing its appearance to fade.
Getting in touch with our spider vein center will allow you to learn more about sclerotherapy and the cost of spider vein treatment. Leading vein doctor Dr. Chuback and the vein specialists at the Chuback Medical Group can provide guidance on what course of treatment will best address your problems. The sheer number and variety of treatments available means there is likely something that will help the vein problem you are experiencing.