My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
Varicose and spider veins affect many people, and the risk of developing them worsens as you age. While you can reduce your risk and effects of varicose veins with lifestyle changes like losing weight, wearing compression stockings, etc., there are also treatments available to treat varicose and/or spider veins. Check out these three treatment options so you can determine which is best for you.
Sclerotherapy is a common choice that uses a special solution, which is injected into the vein. Slowly, the solution begins to destroy the unsightly vein, permanently eliminating it. The process is incredibly fast, and you need no downtime after treatment. Treatment can cause the area to bruise for a while, so you may not be able to show off the results right away. The destroyed veins are not necessary, and other, more vital, veins will pick up any slack left by the destroyed vein. This treatment is best if you have spider veins or small varicose veins. On varicose veins, treatment may make the veins appear darker or bruised before they completely disappear.
Laser removal is a similar non-invasive process that can destroy the desired varicose or spider veins. To treat veins, the laser damages the vein, creating a scar. This scar actually closes the vein, which is what allows the vein to die. The process can be done above or below the skin, but treatment performed below the skin is more effective. Like sclerotherapy, treatment is safe with no downtime required. The results take longer to appear because the vein must die naturally and your body must absorb the vein before it disappears. You may need multiple treatments, and you'll likely have to wear support stockings for a short time after treatment. This procedure is best if you have spider veins or varicose veins, but larger varicose veins may take longer to destroy.
Surgical Removal and Ambulatory Phlebectomy
The final treatment is surgical removal or ambulatory phlebectomy. If you only have a few varicose veins, the doctor may simply remove or tie off one end of the vein. If you have multiple in the same area, however, an ambulatory phlebectomy may be recommended. During an ambulatory phlebectomy, several small incisions are made in the various veins. The incisions are large enough to allow the vein to die, but small enough to prevent the need for stiches. Local or general anesthesia will be used, depending on the procedure. Surgery is usually best if you have particularly large varicose veins or a lot of varicose veins in the same area.
If you are sick of hiding your legs, face, or other part of your body because of varicose veins or spider veins, it's time to seek treatment. Both non-surgical and surgical procedures are available to give you back the body you deserve. For more information about varicose vein treatment, contact a provider in your area today.