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Is Sclerotherapy Right for You?

Is Sclerotherapy Right for You?

Varicose veins in your legs and elsewhere on your body can be embarrassing when you wear shorts or skirts. These twisted, bulging veins affect millions of people in the United States, and it’s not just a cosmetic problem.

If you’re dealing with varicose veins, we have treatment options to reduce or eliminate them and improve your vascular health in the process.

At Surgical Care East,  located in Camillus, New York and serving the broader Syracuse area, you can rely on top-quality vascular surgeon Dennis E. Resetarits, MD, to not only eliminate your varicose veins but also improve your vascular health. 

In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins are a sign of dysfunctional vein valves. As a result, your legs may ache, itch, and swell, especially after a long day. 

If you’re ready to stop hiding your legs and live pain-free, consider varicose vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is an effective approach to treating varicose veins. If for any reason this option isn’t appropriate for you, Dr. Resetarits can recommend a different, equally effective therapy.

Damaged veins at the root of the problem

Your veins have an important job. These blood vessels return deoxygenated blood to your heart. They’re near the surface of the skin, making them more visible, and have a characteristic dark blue appearance.

Varicose veins are blood vessels that have weak or damaged valves. Instead of keeping blood flowing in one direction toward your heart, damaged valves allow blood to pool. Because of the force of gravity, this often affects veins in the legs. 

The pressure of the pooling blood weakens vein walls over time, causing veins to appear swollen, twisting, and ropelike. 

You’re more likely to develop varicose veins if any of the following apply to you:

Factors that place added pressure on vein walls raise the risk of developing varicose veins. 

What is sclerotherapy and how does it work?

Sclerotherapy is a very effective treatment for varicose veins. Dr. Resetarits identifies the veins to be treated and uses imaging technology to guide him during the procedure. 

He then injects a medical irritant solution called a sclerosant into the bad veins. This causes the varicose veins to collapse. Your body absorbs the collapsed vein and reroutes blood to nearby healthy veins. 

It takes about four weeks to see results from your sclerotherapy session, and in some cases, you may need another treatment session. Most of our patients notice significant results.

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

Eliminating varicose veins starts with a consultation with Dr. Resetarits, who specializes in diagnosing and treating vascular issues. After discussing your medical history and performing a physical exam, Dr. Resetarits recommends the most appropriate approach to addressing your varicose veins. 

Ideal candidates for sclerotherapy have small varicose veins, no history of blood clots, are not taking birth control pills, and aren’t pregnant or nursing. Good candidates are also under the age of 60 and have realistic expectations of the treatment and results. 

Saying goodbye to varicose veins

You don’t have to live with the pain and unsightliness of varicose veins. Dr. Resetarits and our team at Surgical Care East are committed to helping patients find the best and most appropriate solutions for treating varicose veins. 

To learn more about your treatment options and for all of your vein health needs, contact us today to request an appointment at our Camillus, New York, office.

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