Vein Doc Tonie Reincke- How Effective is Sclerotherapy in Treating Varicose Veins?

Sep 25, 2019 by

Varicose veins usually appear as purple or blue bulging veins running just below your skin’s surface. They mostly appear on the legs, but they can also develop in other body parts such as the pelvis and the groin. Although most of the varicose veins are visible, others run deep in the skin, and hence they can’t be seen with naked eyes. Varicose veins are usually harmless, but they can cause severe discomfort and pain to some people. To most people, varicose veins are unsightly, and they are willing to do anything to get rid of them.

Treating varicose veins

A few years ago, surgery was considered the most effective treatment option for varicose veins. However, due to recent developments in medical technology, scientists have been able to invent less invasive procedures to help people with varicose veins. Examples of such minimally invasive procedures include sclerotherapy, laser treatment, and ablation.

Using sclerotherapy technique to treat varicose veins

Sclerotherapy is considered as one of the most effective treatment options for varicose veins. In sclerotherapy, a vein doc utilizes a thin needle to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy can help to relieve varicose veins symptoms such as swelling, pain, aching, heaviness, itching, and cramping. One sclerotherapy session is said to remove up to 80 percent of the affected veins.

During sclerotherapy, a vein doc injects a solution directly into the “bad veins” causing them to shut and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy can help to relieve symptoms associated with varicose veins and spider veins. It can also help to improve the cosmetic appearance of the affected veins since it doesn’t leave any scars.

How do you prepare for a sclerotherapy session?

Talk to your vein doc about your current medical status, including the medications you take and if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Also, inform your vein doc about any recent illnesses and if there’s a possibility you have allergies. A doctor may advise stopping taking particular medication such as aspirin, iron supplements, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and blood thinners.

Also, as part of the preparations, remember to wear loose clothing and leave your jewelry at home. You are also not supposed to apply lotion on the legs before and after the procedure. Lastly, remember to carry a pair of shorts to wear during sclerotherapy since the vein doc may need you to wear a gown.

How is sclerotherapy performed?

Sclerotherapy is often done in an outpatient setting. The doctor will use a very thin needle to inject a sclerosing solution directly into the affected veins. The solution irritates the inner lining of the veins causing them to swell and stick together. Eventually, the veins turn into scar tissue which is removed via the body’s natural mechanism.

Is sclerotherapy painful?

According to Dr. Tonie Reincke, sclerotherapy isn’t painful. However, you may experience a mild burning sensation as the doctor continues to inject the solution into the veins. The whole procedure takes about 45 minutes. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some cramping for a few minutes, especially when the large varicose veins are involved.

After sclerotherapy, you may experience a few side effects, which go away with time. For instance, the injected veins may become hard for a few weeks before resolving. Also, brown spots may appear on the injected sites, but they usually disappear within three to six months.

Where to get treatment

It’s vital to seek varicose veins treatment in a reputable clinic with the necessary equipment and personnel. Metro Vein Centers are among the most reputable vein clinics in the country. The clinic was founded in 2006 to help individuals with various types of venous conditions. Currently, Metro Vein Centers is the national leader in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins using minimally invasive technologies.

Dr. Tonie Reincke, a board-certified Interventional Radiologist, works at Metro Vein Centers clinic based in Texas. Dr. Tonie has more than ten years of experience working as a physician in the vein field. 

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