Benefits of Sclerotherapy
In general, simplified descriptions of veins can be described as blood vessels that carry blood from bodily tissues to the heart. Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing toward the heart. If the valves become weak or damaged, blood can back- up and accumulate in an individual’s veins. This causes the veins to swell and will result in varicose or spider veins. These abnormal swellings are most commonly found in the lower legs and thighs.
Sclerotherapy is known to treat varicose and spider veins. The process involves the injection of a chemical irritant into the vein in order to harden it. The hardening process is known as scleroses. The chemical irritates the lining of the vein, which causes it to swell and close. The blood is then forced to reroute through healthier veins. The infected veins will eventually fade. There are a few factors that are known to raise the risk of these swellings. Examples of these factors include: family history, gender, age, pregnancy, obesity, lack of movement, and leg trauma. Treatment goals are mainly to relieve any symptoms such as pain, prevent any complications, and improve appearance.
The entire Sclerotherapy process does sound painful and complicated, but the entire process does have benefits. First and foremost is that Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia and can be done in a doctor’s or specialist’s office. That would be an indication that there is minimal discomfort and the entire process of treatment does not take long. The imaginary operating room would be out of the picture. The fact that no hospitalization is required makes the treatment much cheaper and much more appreciated since many individuals do not care for hospital environments.
Sclerotherapy is usually a cosmetic procedure. After the presence of unsightly dilated veins that some individuals describe as legs looking like their grandmother’s legs, the faded results would be appreciated immensely. Although we may hear that the same vein maybe injected more than once within a time frame such as a couple of weeks. The procedure is usually effective if done correctly the first time; as such, additional injections would not be necessary. Most patients are happy with the results and the way they feel within a couple of days. They do gain their confidence back and feel good about themselves. Women and men are often embarrassed by the unattractive veins and are often confined to wearing long pants, long skirts or dark stockings in order to hide them.
Sclerotherapy treatment may be completed within 20 minutes, depending on the number of veins being treated and normal daily activities can be resumed immediately. Many individuals are excited by the fact that they can take some time off their work during their lunch hour for the doctor’s or specialist office visit. An entire day off is not necessary. In some incidences, an individual may be experiencing a lot of discomfort. After the procedure, these painful feelings are relieved almost immediately. Walking regularly is recommended following the treatment in order to promote good circulation; as such, one is not confined physically. Despite the fact that Sclerotherapy is famous for cosmetic purposes, cosmetics is not an issue for individuals that are experiencing continuous aching, swelling, fatigue due to sleep deprivation, burning, itching and some cramping. They are very appreciative of the treatment. The continuous discomfort goes away after the procedure is completed and they are able to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Other treatments have involved Hemorrhoids.
Studies of Sclerotherapy have indicated that as a treatment for varicose and spider veins an overall success rated up to 80 percent and above. The entire procedure is has been deemed as safe. Most insurance companies may not cover the costs associated with Sclerotherapy because it is often performed for cosmetic purposes. However, individuals should not be discouraged as some plans may include coverage if treatment is necessary to relieve pain or discomfort that affects regular activity or has been deemed as medically necessary.