People often flinch when any conversation turns to discussing varicose veins. Varicose veins are understandably considered by many people to be somewhat unattractive. There are many reasons why people investigate and come to treat their varicose veins; ranging from aesthetic reasons to valid medical indications such as pain and ulcers.
Although sometimes unsightly, depending on the individual situation, serious health complications may develop if left untreated. Of course, this is not necessarily the case in all people and many times once a person has been evaluated carefully a decision may well be made to avoid treatment. Nevertheless, when the early signs of varicose veins appear, it’s only natural that many people start exploring available treatments.
One of the mainstays of therapies that is used to eliminate small varicose veins is injection sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment, is one of the most effective ways to treat smaller, surface level and often deeper varicose veins in the legs.
This is a method of therapy that involves injections of a sclerosant medical solution through an extremely fine needle, directly into the varicose veins. This causes the vein initially to collapse and over time be reabsorbed by the body and gradually disappear. There is ample venous reserve in the legs and treatment of these veins rather than impacting blood flow, actually serves to improve the circulation.
Whilst there are multiple ways to perform sclerotherapy, at Specialist Vein Care, direct vision and/or ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is regularly used to treat small to medium sized varicose veins. On occasion, several sclerotherapy treatments may be required to reach the desired results.
Every patient is unique and each patient needs to be carefully evaluated in order to determine the best treatment method. There are currently multiple non-surgical treatment methods available. Depending on the individual circumstance different treatment options and sometimes a combination of treatment options may be offered and required.
If injection sclerotherapy is performed if is reassuring to know that this is a form of treatment that has been available and has been used here in Australia and around the world for decades. This is a safe and effective way to treat varicose veins whilst eliminating the need for traditional vein surgery.
At Specialist Vein Care, Dr. Ivor Berman and his staff are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease, utilising minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy. As mentioned there is an array of other non-surgical treatment options that are available. Every patient that we see is carefully evaluated and the best treatment regime for each patient is determined and discussed.