• Is Sclerotherapy Still the Right Solution for Your Varicose Veins?

    on Jun 17th, 2019

Varicose veins appear on the surface of the skin, often the legs. They have a characteristic bulging, twisted, rope-like appearance that results from weak or damaged valves in the veins. These valves are meant to keep blood flowing in one direction, but when they fail, blood can pool up in places rather can continue toward your heart and lungs.

The pressure of the buildup of blood causes the veins to swell and take on a twisted appearance. For years, sclerotherapy was the only available treatment for varicose veins. Now you have more options, so is sclerotherapy still the best way to treat your varicose veins?

Varicose vein treatment – taking the first step

The path to finding an effective treatment for your varicose veins begins with a visit to a vein specialist. Top-quality cardiologist Dr. Rajesh Sam Suri specializes in managing conditions that affect your heart and circulatory system, and he offers a variety of treatments to eliminate varicose veins.

First Dr. Suri must confirm the presence of varicose veins and check for related complications. This may involve a physical exam and an ultrasound. Dr. Suri can help you decide which treatment is right for you.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an excellent and effective solution for varicose veins. It involves injecting a medical solution into the dysfunctional veins with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel and causes it to collapse and close.

The body gradually absorbs the collapsed vein, which disappears, and the blood is rerouted to healthier blood vessels.

Benefits of sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy offers patients living with varicose veins a number of benefits. This treatment is:

It does take some time for the veins to fade. Patients tend to see significant improvement within a few weeks of treatment.

RF and endovenous ablation

Dr. Suri also offers radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and endovenous laser ablation (EVL) to treat varicose veins. RFA and EVL have the same goal as sclerotherapy: to irritate dysfunctional veins so that they collapse and seal shut. Nearby tissues absorb the remnants, and the damaged veins gradually fade, leaving you with smooth-looking skin.

RFA and EVL accomplish the same goal as sclerotherapy, but in different ways. RFA uses radiofrequency energy to close dysfunctional veins, while EVL uses laser energy. Only after a thorough consultation can Dr. Suri recommend the appropriate treatment for your unique situation.

When is sclerotherapy a better choice?

Dr. Suri may recommend sclerotherapy over other forms of treatment if you have small varicose veins. Sclerotherapy tends to offer faster, more cost-effective results for smaller varicose veins. Sclerotherapy may also provide a better option if you have dark or tanned skin.

All treatments that safely and effectively reduce varicose veins are beneficial. Varicose veins aren’t simply a cosmetic issue; they’re a sign of venous issues. Left untreated, varicose veins increase the risk for health problems like skin ulcers and blood clots.

Treatment of varicose veins also improves your blood circulation. Since the dysfunctional veins are closed and the blood is rerouted to healthier veins, blood flows with more ease. Symptoms like leg cramping and painful heavy legs lessen or disappear when varicose veins are treated.

To learn more about varicose vein treatment at West Coast Medicine and Cardiology, schedule an appointment with Dr. Suri. Call our Fremont or Hayward, California, clinic to request a consultation, or book your appointment online.

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