Vein Disease is more common than most people believe. It has been with us since primitive man first began to walk erect. Forty percent of the population inherits this disease and it affects women and men of all ages and lifestyles. Varicose veins are unsightly, unhealthy and unnecessary. The swelling, aching and general discomfort caused by varicose veins can be effectively treated at the Guylaine Lanctôt Cliniques. When treatment is completed, only beautiful, healthy skin remains. Below are some questions Guylaine Lanctôt's Medical Director, C. Gonzalez, Jr., M.D., is commonly asked about vein disease and its treatment.
A. Veins are the blood to the heart from the body. To over come the force of gravity, inside the veins are one way valves which open to allow blood flow to the heart, and close to prevent "reflux" of blood back to the body. When these valves fail to function, or if the vein is damaged so the valves do not completely close, blood can begin to pool in the vein and cause a variety of vein complications.
A. Spider Veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface the skin. While many people seek treatment for spider veins for cosmetic reasons, spider veins also can result in substantial discomfort requiring therapy. Varicose veins are the large, "rope-like" veins which are often .25cm or larger in diameter. Varicose veins generally grow in size over time and can result in substantial pain and complication if not treated.
A. Absolutely! Most patients notice a dramatic improvement after only a few treatments.
A. Sclerotherapy is the non-surgical answer. A specialized medical team uses a small gauge needle to inject saline solution directly into the non-working vein. This process backwashes the blood pooled in the vein. The walls of the vein then stick together causing it to collapse. The remains of the vein are then absorbed through the body naturally.
A. You can resume you normal activities immediately after treatment.
A. The majority of patients will only need injections! In some cases, however, a more advanced treatment method known as Endovenous Laser Ablation and or Ultrasound Guidance Sclerotherapy may be recommended. In even fewer cases, a combined treatment consisting of ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy will be required.
A. YES! When injected properly, varicose and spider veins cannot reappear. Unfortunately, if a hereditary tendency exists, new veins can and probably will become varicose periodically.
A. YES! As varicose veins fade and disappear, the pain caused by poor circulation is subsequently relieved. Additionally, the patient's self-esteem soars as unsightly varicose and spider veins dramatically decrease. This transition can sometimes occur in as little as one visit. The difference is quickly discernible in the patient's improved attitude toward life. Individuals determined to end the misery of heavy, unhealthy legs soon discover that after sclerotherapy their legs feel and look great! Many patients are thrilled to wear shorts and bathing suits again, something many have not done for years.