Vein Treatment Safety
While many consider spider and varicose veins as primarily a cosmetic issue, vein disease, if left untreated, can progress to more serious medical conditions. Vein disease, or chronic venous insufficiency, is a condition that affects the veins that carry blood throughout your body back to the heart. Essentially, vein disease is caused by a breakdown or failure of the valves that control and move the blood through the veins back to the heart. When these valves fail, blood can begin to back up or pool within the veins, causing the veins to become enlarged and abnormal. The pooling of blood in the veins leads to increased pressure in the veins which in turn causes inflammation leading to following signs and symptoms.
Signs & Symptoms of Vein Disease
Symptoms and signs of vein disease include:
• Spider/varicose veins
• Swelling and pain in the legs
• Skin changes: rashes, dark and light discoloration
• Skin ulcers
Inflammation in the veins leads to an increased risk for phlebitis, both in the superficial varicose veins and in deeper veins. Phlebitis in deep veins is also called Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT], which is also called a “blood clot”. Pulmonary embolisms occur when these clots [Thrombus] break off [embolize] and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition called a pulmonary embolism [ PE]. Because of these risks, vein treatments are important to your overall health.
Vein Treatments and Their Safety
In early stages, compression therapy is often suggested. This is where a patient will wear compression garments to increase circulation. Other treatments for vein disease include endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) and sclerotherapy.
With laser treatments, a small needle or cannula is inserted into the vein through which a laser fiber is threaded. This fiber delivers laser energy to essentially close and destroy the vein, which is then absorbed back into the body.
Sclerotherapy involves the vein being injected with a sclerosant that irritates the vein lining, causing it to swell and close. The vein will then form scar tissue and will eventually fade.
St. Louis Vein Treatment Options & Potential Side Effects
As with any medical procedure, our vein treatment procedures in St. Louis do have some side effects and possible complications, although most are very minor.
EVLT risks include allergic reaction to the anesthetic. Additionally, because EVLT entails heat, there is a small possibility that the surrounding skin and nerves could be affected.
For sclerotherapy, some risks include injection-site side effects including tiny sores, bruising, some skin darkening and appearance of tiny vessels.
Most of the side effects of these procedures will usually disappear on their own; however, should other less common effects be experienced such as clots or air bubbles, medical attention may be required.
Contact Us For More on Vein Treatment in St. Louis Today!
While our St. Louis vein treatment options do have some associated side effects, it is important to remember that leaving your vein disease untreated can result in far more serious medical complications. Please contact us at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center to schedule a consultation to discuss and evaluate your individual case.