Spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are seen on the surface of the skin, most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women. They are hereditary and can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle.
Although spider veins carry blood, they are not part of the venous valve system and can be removed permanently through a simple office procedure known as Sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is used commonly for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. It involves injecting a small volume of liquid into the diseased vein. The sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein to cause it to seal shut, eliminating the vein completely.
Sclerotherapy is quickly performed in a physician’s office and no anesthesia is required. Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system.
You may be asked to wear a compression stocking to help keep pressure on the veins. This will reduce bruising and keep the treated veins closed. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week.
You are encouraged to resume normal activities immediately, although vigorous activity should not be undertaken for the first 24 hours. Walking is important, as it increases blood flow through the other veins. Most patients will experience a 60% to 80% percent improvement. Final results may not be apparent for several months.
Today there are several treatments available to restore your legs. A consultation with your doctor is recommended to determine which treatment is the right one for your legs and medical circumstances.
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