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Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment for both spider veins and average-sized varicose veins. This treatment uses a chemical injected into the troublesome veins to cause the blood to coagulate, inflamation to set in, and the vein to eventually collapse so that the blood supply is rerouted to healthier veins. One variation of sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, suspends the chemical in foam to provide greater adhesion to the vein walls. Depending on the number of veins to be treated, a sclerotherapy session usually takes less than 30 minutes. After the procedure, the treatment site is wrapped in a bandage which applies pressure to control any bleeding and promote healing. Once treated with sclerotherapy, varicose veins do not come back. Sclerotherapy is done on an outpatient basis and is only mildly painful. Other than the sting of the injection, some patients report some light cramping during the injection of the solution, but this quickly passes. Although all procedures have some risks, sclerotherapy has very few. Light bruising sometimes occurs around the affected area, and some patients have reported that freckling developed temporarily in the treatment area, but these both usually disappear within weeks. With sclerotherapy, some patients may require several injection sessions for optimal results, but these are scheduled about a month apart. After finishing the treatment, the pain and unsightly appearance of the damaged veins are greatly improved. Patients report significantly smoother skin and little discoloration. Because these results are achieved without hospitalization or general anesthesia, sclerotherapy is a better choice than surgery for many patients. Patients also find recovery time is much shorter with sclerotherapy, and they are usually able to return to work within days.
About Virginia Vein Care
Welcome to Virginia Vein Care!
Virginia Vein Care was founded to provide comprehensive treatment of venous disease. With a new location conveniently located across from Tyson’s Galleria, Virginia Vein Care offers patient-oriented state of the art care to patients suffering from varicose veins and all forms of venous disease.
We offer services for both medically necessary and cosmetic problems. If you are suffering from sore, painful legs or perhaps have a “heavy feeling” as if you have been on your feet all day, you may very well have venous reflux disease. In addition, venous reflux disease is responsible for the bulging, twisted veins commonly known as varicose veins. Unsightly spider veins are also a direct consequence of venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency.
Many treatments for varicose veins relieve symptoms without curing the underlying venous reflux disease that causes varicose veins, spider veins and eventually leg ulcers. At Virginia Vein Care, Dr. Markovitz and his knowledgeable staff will determine and discuss with you the best treatment plan needed to eliminate unsightly varicose veins for good.
A comprehensive and painless ultrasound examination is essential to the accurate diagnosis of lower extremity venous disease. Our certified expert ultrasound technicians have years of experience and provide a “roadmap” for the proposed therapy. In the past, the treatment of varicose veins often involved hospitalization and a surgical procedure. This is no longer the case, as Virginia Vein Care now exclusively offers the VNUS ClosureFAST™ procedure, a new minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. The procedure is performed in our office and in most instances patients return to work the very next day.
Some patients have even had the procedure performed on their lunch break!
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