Seeking treatment for your varicose and/or spider veins may be one of those thoughts that’s been rattling around in the back of your mind for months, possibly even years. It’s probably one of those things you’ve told yourself you’d get around to when life settles down. Or the symptoms get worse. Or you have more money, etc. Sound familiar?

It sounds familiar to us, because that’s a common thought process we’ve encountered with patients over the years. And it’s perfectly understandable; it can sometimes take a lot of momentum to push oneself over a small mountain of objections, which can also include basic fears and uncertainties about the condition and its treatment options.

Often, however, simply reminding patients of the many benefits of seeking treatment for varicose and spider veins is enough to help them make a decision to move forward. Read on if you’d like to re-familiarize yourself with those benefits. For our purposes, we’ll focus on the benefits of undergoing sclerotherapy specifically.

First, having unhealthy veins removed helps patients feel better about themselves. It’s amazing how much confidence a person can gain simply knowing that her/his legs are free of unsightly bulges or red areas. It can make the difference between walking confidently around a public pool in summertime and keeping your legs under cover while confining yourself to a lounge chair.

Second, sclerotherapy is simple and effective. It can be performed on an outpatient basis, with no incisions – only an injection of a sclerosing solution that causes the vein to collapse, allowing blood flow to be rerouted to healthy veins. The procedure only takes 15 to 20 minutes, and patients can resume normal activities immediately.

Third, in some cases, having varicose veins removed can actually have a medical impact that goes beyond cosmetic purposes. Untreated varicose veins can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles as well as more severe problems like venous leg ulcers, spontaneous bleeding and potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis. Sclerotherapy can often help eliminate unwanted symptoms and ward off possible complications.

To learn more about sclerotherapy as a treatment for varicose veins and spider veins, visit our website.

Dr. Jack Tarr of Vein Specialists of Tennessee has more than 30 years of experience treating patients in Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee area. Vein Specialists of Tennessee routinely treats varicose veinsspider veinsface veins, and venous ulcers through a spectrum of treatment options, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapyendovenous laser ablation and microsurgical ambulatory phlebectomy.