Varicose veins and spider veins are two common conditions among older people and those who are overweight, although they can occur in other individuals. Veins are blood vessels that are responsible for delivering deoxygenated blood back to the heart. In varicose veins, these blood vessels are dysfunctional and allow blood to pool within them instead of returning to the heart. This development is one common reason that people seek out the services of a vein doctor.
What are Varicose Veins?
Veins that are functioning properly have one-way valves that ensure that your blood flows in only one direction: back to your heart. In varicose veins, these valves do not work correctly. They allow blood to backflow into them and pool there, leading to their characteristic twisted, ropey shape. Varicose veins and spider veins are not normally harmful, but their appearance leads many people to visit a vein doctor to treat them.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for those with spider veins who would like to avoid surgery. This minimally-invasive procedure can also help alleviate related symptoms like burning and aching. Veins that are treated with sclerotherapy usually fade away within weeks to months and are absorbed by your body.
The sclerotherapy procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. We completely cleanse the treatment area and deliver a special solution into the problem vein. This injected solution will irritate the vein lining and cause it to eventually collapse. The blood that once flowed through the vein will be rerouted into healthier blood vessels nearby. How many injections that you require depends upon the size and number of the veins requiring treatment.
What About the Other Treatment Options?
Our skilled vein doctor can perform a number of other procedures, including radiofrequency ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and Venaseal. These can be performed for purely cosmetic purposes, but they are normally utilized when varicose veins present symptoms like ulcers, aches, swelling, and itching.
Planning for Your Treatment
If you are ready to undergo a treatment to remove your varicose veins and/or spider veins, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our vein doctor at Venus Vein Clinic in Omaha. During this meeting, you can learn more about your treatment options and start planning for a customized procedure. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started!