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Spider veins may seem like an insignificant problem at first, but when your legs are covered with these unsightly veins it can have a major impact on your self-image. Instead of wearing the clothes you love and engaging in activities you enjoy, you’re stuck in long pants no matter how hot the weather. Fortunately, spider vein specialists such as Dr. John Chuback have a solution – sclerotherapy. This minimally invasive procedure reduces the appearance of spider veins, allowing you to show off your legs again without embarrassment.
Why do Paramus, NJ patients experience spider veins?
When a person experiences visible spider veins, it can be a sign of a bigger problem. Instead of carrying blood back to the heart efficiently, the veins have faulty valves. This allows blood to reflux in the leg, causing visible veins.
The type of vein damaged affects the symptoms you will experience. When damage affects a vein deep in the leg, the pressure can lead to bulging vein problems, or varicose veins. However, if the damaged vein lies close to the surface of the skin a smaller, finer spider vein will form.
What is sclerotherapy and how can it help?
Sclerotherapy is a type of vein treatment used on spider and small varicose veins. A very small, fine needle is inserted into the diseased vein and a chemical agent is injected. This agent irritates the vein walls, causing them to swell. This swelling closes off the vein, eliminating blood flow and reducing the appearance of the veins.
One session of sclerotherapy may not be enough to completely eliminate the problematic vein. However, after a few appointments you will notice a huge improvement in the vein’s appearance. Because sclerotherapy is minimally invasive there is no need for a lengthy recovery or general anesthesia, allowing you to undergo treatment in as little as an hour.
Sclerotherapy and conservative treatment
Sclerotherapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of vein treatment. Its most common companion is conservative treatment. This form of treatment focuses on improving vein function without any surgical intervention. Instead, it focuses on simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your vascular health and reduce your risk of more spider veins appearing in the future.
Compression stockings are a common type of conservative treatment used with sclerotherapy. These stockings provide your legs with helpful graduated pressure. They provide the most pressure around the ankles and then gradually lessen as you move up the leg. This encourages blood to move upwards instead of pooling back, reducing your risk of vein problems.
Exercise and weight management are two other common components of conservative treatment. Being overweight or obese puts unnecessary strain on your blood vessels, increasing your risk of damage. Regular exercise helps burn off extra calories and encourages proper blood movement, making it an important part of any conservative method of vein treatment.
If you have had enough of embarrassing spider veins, there are treatment options for you. Here at the Chuback Medical Group we have the experience and expertise needed to effectively get rid of varicose veins and spider veins. If you’d like to learn more about what we can do to help you eliminate your vein problems, give our Paramus, NJ spider vein center a call. We look forward to working with you!
DVT Awareness; this article is about a serious disease that is not being taken as seriously as it should be by the majority of Americans. When most people hear the words “vein disease,” they think of varicose veins or spider veins, and with good reason, because these conditions afflict an estimated 24 million Americans. But as unpleasant as varicose veins are, they are not considered life threatening. Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is life threatening.
DVT is a more serious condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs causing pain and swelling in the lower extremity. DVT is a dangerous medical condition because these blood clots can break loose from where they formed and travel through the veins to the lungs, where they can cause a pulmonary embolism, or PE. More Americans die every year from DVT and PEs than die from AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents combined.
What should our Paramus, NJ patients know about the risk factors for DVT?
A number of factors increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, including obesity, having given birth within the last six months, recent surgery, long periods of bed rest, fractures to the bones in the legs or pelvis, and a family history of blood clots. Other factors that increase your risk of developing DVT include smoking cigarettes, having had diseases such as cancer or lupus, and taking birth control pills or undergoing hormone replacement therapy. Inactivity – sitting for long periods of time at a desk or in cramped airline seats while traveling – can also increase one’s risk of DVT, especially if you also have one or more of the other risk factors.
What are the symptoms of DVT, and how is it diagnosed?
First, you should understand that not all cases of DVT present themselves with easily recognizable symptoms, and that the only sure way to know if you have a DVT is to get a venous ultrasound. These screenings are fast, painless, and non-invasive, and specialists such as Dr. John Chuback can quickly detect the presence of blood clots using venous ultrasound.
Classic symptoms of DVT that you might be able to detect yourself include pain, swelling, and redness in the legs. If a blood clot has formed in one of the deep veins, it may also cause the surface skin in that area to feel warm to the touch, or to turn a reddish color. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, especially if you fall into one of the high-risk categories discussed above, call Dr. Chuback at 201.430.2737 to set up an appointment for a screening.
If a screening finds that I have DVT, what then?
At the Chuback Medical Group, we have the experience and the state-of-the-art technology to treat DVT and to help prevent its reoccurrence. If blood clots have formed in your veins, the first step of treatment is pharmaceutical, using anti-coagulant drugs that prevent new clots from forming, plus wearing compression stockings to improve blood flow.
Don’t be one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have DVT and don’t know it – get a venous health examination today, and set your mind at ease.