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New Techniques in Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment
(Information provided by
Maraya Altuwaijri, M.D.)

What are spider veins?
Spider veins, also known as telengiectasia are dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found on your legs. The veins look like threads or webs, varying in size and may be red, purple or bluish.

What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that are deeper than spider veins. They may be bulging, ropy and blue in appearance.

How are spider veins and varicose veins treated?
There are a number of different treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins including sclerotherapy.

What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. In sclerotherapy, a foam solution is injected with a tiny needle into the vein. This makes them collapse and, with time, resolve.

Which veins can be treated with sclerotherapy?
Any spider veins or varicose veins can potentially be treated with sclerotherapy.

Is any preparation necessary before sclerotherapy treatment?
You do not need any special preparations. Continue on your usual diet. Please discuss any prescription or over the counter medications you take with your physician prior to the treatment.

What happens during a sclerotherapy treatment?
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient treatment, no anesthesia is necessary.

You will either change into a gown or be asked to bring shorts that you may wear during the treatment session. Normally, you will be laying on an exam table, then using a tiny needle as thin as a hair, a solution will be injected into the veins that need to be treated.

Most people do not complain of significant pain during the procedure. The areas that are treated may look like little mosquito bites. Once the treatment is complete, compression stockings are applied. You can drive yourself home.

How soon will the vessels disappear?
Immediately during the treatment, the process of destroying veins begins. However, each person's results may vary. It may take up to two months for the veins to disappear.

What should you do after treatment?
You will wear compression stockings for two weeks.Hot tubs or hot baths should be avoided during those two weeks. You can return to your normal daily life activities after sclerotherapy.

Article contributed by
Maraya Altuwaijri, M.D.
Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Surgery
Diplomate of the American Board of General Surgery

Copyright 2014 Maraya Altuwaijri, M.D. No unauthorized duplication without written consent.

 

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