Varicose veins are distended, twisted, enlarged veins. They most commonly occur in the legs and are caused by blood pooling in the feet and lower legs. Normally, blood returning to the heart from the legs is pumped upwards against gravity via the contractions of the calf muscle and the heart, assisted by one-way valves in the veins. However, for some people in Fort Myers, this process fails and blood pools in the vein, which over time results in it becoming distended. The causes of varicose veins include age, genetics, female sex hormones, obesity, wearing high heels, and standing for prolonged periods of time. In addition to negatively affecting appearance, varicose veins can cause discomfort, cramping, a feeling of fullness in the legs, pain, and skin ulcers.
Many people in Fort Myers can manage their varicose veins with support stockings, avoiding prolonged standing, and elevating the feet frequently throughout the day. Weight loss and exercise may also improve the symptoms of varicose veins. Oftentimes, however, sclerotherapy is the best option.
For symptomatic varicose veins, sclerotherapy is a great treatment option. Sclerotherapy is performed as a quick, simple, in-office procedure that takes just minutes, depending on how many veins need to be treated. After tracking the location of the vein, a special solution is injected into the varicose vein. The solution damages the walls of the vessel, causing it to collapse. The collapsed vein is then broken down and absorbed by the body over time. Other healthy veins nearby take over the task of returning blood to the heart.
Sclerotherapy may cause some minor discomfort during and shortly after the injection at our office in Fort Myers. There is a very low risk of infection. Occasionally, a vein may need a second treatment to completely eliminate it. However, it all depends on the unique situation. Many patients need to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time after treatment, but otherwise can return to their regular activities with virtually no recovery period required.
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If you have varicose veins, make an appointment at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers to learn more information about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!