Varicose & Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)
SCLEROTHERAPY is a highly effective treatment for veins that have become enlarged, uncomfortable or unsightly. It involves injections into unwanted veins with sclerosants (medical solutions) that cause the veins to collapse and dry up resulting in complete closure of the veins. This treatment can be used to treat both varicose veins and spider veins. The circulation will improve because new networks of veins will develop to bypass the diseased ones. The result of the treatment will last many years. Varicose Veins is a medical disease which is not cured by Sclerotherapy or by Surgery. New veins may develop as one gets older and so it is necessary to return for regular follow ups & treatments. Your doctor will be able to tell you how often you need to return for these follow ups.
Sclerotherapy is highly successful and quite painless. Anyone with a varicose vein problem should seek treatment as early as possible to avoid surgery.
WHY CAN’T I CURE MY VARICOSE VEINS PROBLEM
Simply because it is a genetic problem. You have them because someone in the family has them. The gene responsible is passed down the family tree. It is a Recessive Gene. This means that being a weaker gene the problem is not passed down to every child. However, the chances of passing the condition down to more children increase when your Mum and your Dad both have the problem. So it is a Medical Condition. It is a disease, though not a life threatening one. It is more common in women because pregnancy is one of the aggravating factors.. Another is the hormone Oestrogen which tends to cause dilation of the veins. Occupations where the person tends to stand a lot aggravate the varicose veins after they start to appear. Unfortunately, women are more likely to be in occupations where they stand a lot eg Hair Dressing, Retail etc.
I DON’T WANT ANY TREATMENT
What if I decide that I don’t want any treatment for my veins. Then you will have to live with them and see them
1 Getting WORSE with the veins getting BIGGER and
2 MORE varicose veins appearing around the original ones.
3 Your CIRCULATION in the legs will DETERIORATE and
4 You will develop symptoms like HEAVINESS in the legs, ACHING,
SWELLING in the legs & ankles, ITCHING or ECZEMA in the skin
DARK DISCOLOURATION in the skin and
5 If you accidentally break your skin around the ankle you are prone
to developing an ULCER in the leg which will take a long time to heal
because of the poor circulation
WHAT WILL SCLEROTHERAPY DO FOR ME
SCLEROTHERAPY will PREVENT and RELIEVE all of the above. It is a no brainer that you must seek treatment earlier rather than later if you suffer from varicose veins. Delay in treatment often results in surgery ie Stripping of the Varicose Veins which require hospitalization and time off work.
SCLEROTHERAPY is an ambulatory treatment meaning it is a WALK IN WALK OUT procedure that is carried out in the clinic and you can return to work immediately after the treatment.
ARE THE INJECTIONS PAINFUL
The short answer is NO. None of my patients have asked me to stop injecting once the treatment has started in the past 25 years !! And I have given more than 2 million Sclerotherapy injections during that time. The complaints come from having to wear compression stockings which are necessary to achieve better results. Compression Stockings are very tight and must be worn for a week after each treatment. How many treatments depends on how many Varicose Veins there are and how bad they are.
HOW DO I PREPARE MYSELF FOR TREATMENT
It is necessary to have an ULTRASOUND ( DOPPLER ) of the leg veins to check if there are significant damages to the essential valves in the veins before treatment can commence. This is done on your first visit to our surgery and you get the report straight away. If there are serious damages to these valves in the veins then you may not be suitable for Sclerotherapy. Other treatment options will be discussed with you eg. Surgery etc. We believe in providing you with the right advice so that you will have the appropriate treatment for your situation.
BOOK A VISIT for a Consultation and an Ultrasound Assessment if you have any vein problem in your legs. Treatment of Varicose Veins is partially covered by Medicare but we are not able to tell you if your varicose vein condition will be covered by Medicare over the phone. There is no Medicare cover for the treatment of Spider Veins in the legs. You will get good results from the treatment but Medicare considers treatment of Spider Veins as a cosmetic treatment.
SCLEROTHERAPY OR SURGERY
Surgery is only recommended when the Varicose Vein condition is extremely advanced. As patients are now more knowledgeable and more aware of the condition more than 90% of cases are now treated by Sclerotherapy.
CAN I GET VARICOSE VEINS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY
The short answer is Yes. They can be found in the Vaginal & Vulval region following a pregnancy and a difficult labour, Shoulders & Chest in weight lifters, Torso, and around the Breasts.
FACIAL VEINS & CAPILLARIES
They are quite common around the Nose , Cheeks & Chin. They can be treated easily and successfully. A device is used to close the veins by zapping them. The procedure is quick and quite painless. For those with a very low pain threshold, a local anaesthetic cream applied 30 minutes before the procedure will take the sting out of it. Some bigger Facial Veins may require Sclerotherapy
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE SCLEROTHERAPY FOR THE LEGS
Because you may need 3-4 treatments 1-2 weeks apart and following each treatment you are required to wear compression stockings for a week, the best time of the year for Sclerotherapy is in the cooler months. The stockings are a bit hot to wear in hot weather. There will be bruising requiring the use of Arnica Cream regularly to remove it more quickly. You are able to continue normal activities from Day 1 including driving.
DO MEN HAVE TO WEAR STOCKINGS AFTER SCLEROTHERAPY
Yes. There are special compression stockings made for men. All available from our surgery when you come in for our treatment.