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WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure whereby a chemical, the sclerosant, is injected into a vein to entirely obliterate it. The sclerosant damages the innermost lining of the vessel, resulting in a clot that blocks the blood circulation in the vein beyond. Veins carry unoxygenated blood from the peripheral tissues back to the heart. Since the blood pressure in the veins is low, the blood is pumped forward by contractions of the heart. To prevent back-flow, most veins have valves that only allow blood to flow in the direction of the heart. When these valves become incompetent, veins become enlarged and bulging (varicose). Smaller veins that feed these varicose veins can also become enlarged and appear as red or blue spider veins in the skin.
A variety of conditions can prevent your health from functioning at full strength, but our experts have the knowledge to identify these problems at the earliest possible stage. Here are some of the conditions we treat:
- VARICOSE VEINS
Varicose veins are large blue, dark purple veins. They protrude from the skin and many times they have a cord-like appearance and may twist or bulge. Varicose veins are found most frequently on the legs.
- SPIDER VEINS
Spider veins are very small and very fine red or blue veins. They are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face and may cover a small or large area.
- RETICULAR VEINS
Reticular veins can also be known as feeder veins. They are the blue and green veins beneath the surface of the skin. Reticular veins enlarge because of increased pressure in the vein. They can be caused by heredity. You may have reticular veins alone but you may also have spider veins at the same time.
WHAT CAUSES SPIDER & RETICULAR VEINS?
Women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Changes in hormones due to pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills may increase a woman’s risk of developing varicose veins.
During pregnancy, the growth of the fetus increases the pressure on the veins in the legs. Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy usually improve within 3 to 12 months following delivery.
- OVERWEIGHT & OBESITY
Having extra weight on the body can put additional pressure on the veins.
- PROLONGED STANDING OR SITTING
When standing or sitting with legs bent or crossed, the veins have to work harder to pump the blood up to the heart.
CONSULT WITH OUR EXPERTS
Other possible causes for varicose veins are heredity, age, race, posture, occupation, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, primary valvular incompetence, and incompetent perforating veins. With our years of experience, we can provide you with a thorough examination to determine the state of your condition and which option is most appropriate for you.