We know through experience that the decision to have vein treatment is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this treatment. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is vein treatment useful?
What is the aim of vein treatment?
What do I have to consider before vein treatment (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after vein treatment (post-operative phase)?
What are the possible risks with vein treatment?
Which result can I expect after vein treatment and what are the chances of success?
Varicose veins and Co. Who doesn’t know the unsightly thickened blue veins in the legs? Spider veins and varicose veins are common and are usually a major problem for those affected. Not only through weaknesses in the veins and connective tissues, but also by a non-functioning venous system, can venous trunk diseases result in the formation of spider veins or dilated veins in the legs. With vein treatment, these changes can be simply removed, although larger dilated veins and varicose veins must be removed surgically.
The aim of the vein treatment is to remove the disturbing, dilated veins.
Procedure. Via a small injection cannula, Aethoxysklerol is injected into the vein which causes the inner wall of the blood vessel to be destroyed. Blood clots form along the vessel wall, which stops the flow of blood through the vein, transforming it into conjunctive tissue, which then disappears over the next 4-6 weeks. To create pressure at the injection site after the injection, a round gauze pad is placed in position and then taped down. Directly following the injection, the legs are compressed using compression stockings, which prevent or reduce the blood flow through the treated vein. In exceptional cases, compression by elastic bandages is possible. It is not possible, through this treatment, to avoid the further development of new spider veins or dilated veins.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out without anaesthetic.
Before the treatment. Vein treatment should only be carried out in cooler months, as warmth expands the veins and therefore the success of treatment is reduced. After the treatment, class II compression stockings should be worn which can be measured and fitted by us and then ordered for you. These must then be brought with you on the day of the treatment.
The round gauze pad can be removed at home 2 days after the procedure. The support stockings or tights must be worn for 1 week. Small bruises may occur around the injection site(s), and these can be treated with ointments and should quickly disappear.
Showering is only allowed after the removal of the gauze pad. Hot baths and the use of saunas should be avoided for 6 weeks. Physical activities that cause heavy sweating should also be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks, as this can lead to an enlargement of veins, which could affect the outcome of the treatment. Sunlight, tanning beds and tanning lotions should not be used for 4 to 6 weeks after treatment, as this could cause pigmentation disorders in the treated areas.
In very rare cases, allergic reactions to Aethoxysklerol can occur. If there is a predisposition to skin pigmentation problems, then a brownish discoloration of the skin may occur at the injection site(s).
In very rare cases, allergic reactions to the injected agent – aethoxysclerol – are possible.
Patients with a tendency to skin pigmentation may develop a brown discoloration of the skin at the points of injection. In this respect, it is important to stay out of the sun for 4 to 6 weeks.
In rare cases, the perfusion of the injected tissue may be disturbed and death of skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue may be the result (tissue necrosis). As a result of tissue necrosis, scarring may develop.
Occurrence of vessels in the sclerosis area that were not seen before treatment (neovascularization).
Beautiful legs. With vein treatment, dilated veins and spider veins can be removed or heavily reduced, although the underlying weakness of the connective tissue or a non-functioning venous system can not be eliminated by the injections. New vein dilations can occur over time, and with very pronounced changes, or a recurrence in a very short time, a phlebographie is advised to test the function of the venous system before any further treatment is carried out.