Spider veins and varicose veins can develop when the blood is not flowing through the vessels as it should. When this happens, the condition is often referred to as venous insufficiency. This insufficient flow can cause the blood to back up in the veins. The pooling of the blood that develops as a result causes added pressure to be placed against the vessel walls, causing them to become enlarged. What happens next is the development of varicose or spider veins. Spider veins are the smaller vessels, or capillaries, that become enlarged and dysfunctional. Varicose veins happen in larger vessels.
Although varicose and spider veins are similar, varicose veins are usually limited to the legs, whereas spider veins can happen in the legs, face and chest. Except for rare instances, spider vein issues are usually only cosmetic in nature. Varicose veins, on the other hand, not only affect the appearance, but they can cause things like aching, itching, burning and swelling of the legs and around the ankles.
Because of the venous issues caused by both spider and varicose veins many people seek ways to have them treated for removal. The good news is that a number of treatment options are available. Individuals who are looking for one that has been around long enough to be proven effective may want to consider sclerotherapy. In addition, it is relatively easy for doctors to perform, especially when compared to other treatment methods. Individuals who go through the treatment can return to their regular activities as soon as the treatment is done.
Sclerotherapy is done with the injection of a solution into the veins. This solution works to irritate the inside walls of the vessels. This causes them to stick together and safely collapse. They then turn into scar tissue and no longer function. Instead, blood flow is routed through other, healthier veins. The tissue that remains will gradually disappear.
Depending on the location of the veins into which our doctor is injecting the solution, he may conduct the treatment by visual reference with the aid of ultrasound. Veins that are harder to see can be treated more effectively with the aid of ultrasound.
To schedule a consultation today, you can contact our office at Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers. Our team of medical professionals would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about your venous issues and how sclerotherapy can help you!