Treatment of spider and varicose veins is determined by the extent and severity of the condition. Most procedures can be performed in our clinic, and you will be able to resume normal activity almost immediately. Large varicose veins may require surgery under local or general anesthesia. In most cases you will be able to return home the same day.
Proper care of your legs can help reduce the symptoms of problem veins. It can also slow down the development of new ones. Prevention may include increasing exercise to improve circulation such as walking more, elevating the feet while sitting. maintaining bowel regularity by increasing fiber and avoiding excess weight. Also to be avoided are constricting clothing and shoes with high heels. Compression hose, which are available at most drug stores, help to support the leg veins and aid in circulation. You should also refrain from crossing your legs while sitting.
Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. In response, the veins collapse and are reabsorbed. The surface veins are no longer visible. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms due to varicose and spider veins in most patients. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.
You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one to many injections per session. Generally, normal activities can be resumed after sclerotherapy. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. The procedure, performed in the doctor's office, usually causes only minimal discomfort. Bruising and pigmentation may occur after sclerotherapy. Bruising typically disappears within 1-2 weeks. Although pigmentation almost always fades, it can last for several months. Scarring and other complications are rare.