leg vein removal
Many men and women develop leg veins. They may be purplish or red thin spider veins, larger blue reticulate veins or bulging varicose veins. Several factors may play a role in the development of leg veins. Often there is a genetic predisposition to the development of veins. Changes in hormones at puberty or pregnancy and the use of the birth control pill or hormonal replacement may play a role. Occasionally, veins may cause an aching sensation or pain. Exercise, normal weight maintenance and support hose may help to minimize veins. Dr. Gidon treats spider and reticulate veins with sclerotherapy or laser. Treatment of varicose veins usually involves a surgical procedure such as stripping or radio frequency treatment.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the vein with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, the walls stick together and blood cannot enter the vein. Blood is re-routed to the healthy venous system and the vein is then absorbed over time. Many veins are injected during a treatment session but usually many sessions are required, depending on the size and number of veins. Most patients have a 50-90% improvement but more veins can develop with time.
What are the side effects?
- Patients may experience pain or a burning sensation during the injection.
- Bruising may occur and can last for 10 days.
- Veins may become darker and then fade in a few weeks.
- Veins may be tender for 7 days.
- Itching or a small red bump may develop at the site of injection and may last 2 days.
- Temporary brown pigmentation may occur and take weeks to a year to fade.
- A small ulceration may occur and heal with a scar.
- Tiny, new blood vessels may form after injections but are usually temporary.
- Rarely, patients may develop phlebitis, an infection or an allergic reaction.
What does the patient do before treatment?
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medication for 1 week before treatment.
- Do not shave legs for 2 days prior to treatment.
- Bring support hose to the office to wear home.
- Wear slacks or dark hose to hide the cotton balls that are taped on for a few hours.
What does the patient do after treatment?
- Walk for about 20 minutes.
- Maintain normal, light activity; strenuous activity may be resumed after 2 days.
- Avoid hot baths or saunas for 2 weeks after treatment.
- Wear support hose for at least 2 weeks after treatment.
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