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Need Help With Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy veins: Sclerotherapy is common therapy used to remove spider or varicose veins of the legs, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons. Small needles are inserted into the vein clusters & a drug is injected into them which closes the veins. FDA approved sclerosant drugs are polidocanol & sotradecol. Non FDA approved drugs used worldwide include glycerine & hypertonic saline. Can work for all size veins ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Injection of veins: Sclerotherapy for spider veins is the injection of a substance into a small vein(1-2mm) that looks like spider legs. The substance injected can either be liquid or foam and is called a sclerosing solution because it either dissolves the vein or pushes the blood out of the vein so that the vein walls stick together and then dissolve. There are many solutions that can be used for sclerotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nearly anyone: There are few absolute contraindications to having sclerotherapy done: having a current deep or superficial venous thrombosis, being allergic to the slcerosant that is being used, and pregnancy. Most won't treat nursing mothers and care needs to be taken with certain sclerosant preparations in patients who have a history of getting migraines with aura (usually funny visual changes before hand). ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Varicose Vein Laser: Yes. There are multiple types of vein lasers & they tend to be very effective for curing vein diseases. An endovenous laser treatment, known as evlt, is used to treat varicose veins. Other types of surface lasers are used to remove spider veins. Often combined treatment are used, i.e. Laser and sclerotherapy vein injections. Make sure you see a vein specialist (vascular surgeon) to discuss. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sclerotherapy: Spider veins of legs are usually treated with sclerotherapy. Evlt is a minimally-invasive alternative to stripping, used to treat saphenous vein reflux [ found on ultrasound] that leads to varicose vein problems. Surface varicose veins are also treated with sclerotherapy or phlebectomy. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Wait: The compression stockings are likely making them not as bad as they would be otherwise. If you don't have thigh highs, get those in 15-20. Walk. Manage weight gain in accordance with your ob's recommendations. If the spider veins haven't resolved 6 mos after birth, see a vein specialist or phlebologist. Phlebology.Org for referrals. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nope....sorry : While compression hose may give one relief of venous insufficiency, including varicose veins and spider veins, they won't cure them. Spider veins can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy, laser, veinwave, etc. But you should realize thay it is very possible that you may develop more spider veins in the future and might need further treatment down the road. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
2 ways: Laser or injection with a sclerosing agent(chemical which destroys the vein). Often, patients will require multiple treatments. We offer both treatments here at TLC aesthetics in tampa, florida. High concentration saline(saltwater) is no longer the standard of care for treatment of this condition given it being less safe and effective than current technology. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Varicose veins can return following recanalization of treated incompetent great saphenous or small saphenous veins. Incompetent perforators can result in recurrent vv. Sclerotherapy of spider veins will clear the existing ones, and new ones can form within a year or two, thus advising maintenance sclerotherapy in all. Neovascularization can be seen after surgical treatment of venous problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vascular surgery: How likely is it that spider veins on legs can become varicose veins if not treated with sclerotherapy or laser?
Not Going to Happen: Spider veins & varicose veins are 2 very different conditions. Spider veins are very small dermal veins. They can enlarge & increase in number, but they never become varicose. Spider veins are cosmetic only. Varicose veins also become larger & more numerous with time & are more serious. Varicose veins can increase the tendency to form more severe spider veins, as they increase skin pressure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vein Treatments: Spider veins of legs are usually treated with sclerotherapy. Evlt is a minimally-invasive alternative to stripping, used to treat saphenous vein reflux [ found on ultrasound] that leads to varicose vein problems. Surface varicose veins are also treated with sclerotherapy or phlebectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is common therapy used to remove spider or varicose veins of the legs, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons. Small needles are inserted into the vein clusters & a drug is injected into them which closes the veins. FDA approved sclerosant drugs are polidocanol & sotradecol. Non FDA approved drugs used worldwide include glycerine & hypertonic saline. Can work for all size veins ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do most people who have spider veins treated by sclerotherapy need to wear compression hose as part of the post-op procedure?
I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?
Seals the vessels : The sclerosant irritates the tiny spider vessel where injected, causing it to clot and shut off flow. Spider vein clots do not break off and travel to cause pulmonary embolism or stroke (that occurs with the deep leg vessels that develop clots, not spider veins on the skin's surface). Most sclerosants are mild and nontoxic such as Hypertonic Saline or aethoxysclerol. Injector skill is critical! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers