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Spider vein physician talk

  1. 1. Modern Treatment OptionsModern Treatment Options ForFor Spider VeinsSpider Veins Insert Logo HereInsert Logo Here
  2. 2. Spider VeinsSpider Veins • Small blue or purple veins just beneath the skin • Affect millions of Americans • Typically progressive • 0.1 to 4 mm • Often inherited • Affect ankles, calves, thighs, nose
  3. 3. IntroductionIntroduction • Spectrum of disorders from asymptomatic spider veins to ulcers • Most common vascular disorder • > 1 Billion Dollars Annually • Social isolation and negative self-image
  4. 4. SymptomsSymptoms • Visual - Small blue or purple veins can be seen just beneath the surface of the skin • Stinging • Itching
  5. 5. CausesCauses • Heredity • Excessive body weight • Prolonged standing or sitting • Pregnancy • Hormonal changes • Advancing Age • Injury or trauma to vein • Sun exposure
  6. 6. Treatment OptionsTreatment Options • Conservative Treatment • Sclerotherapy • Sclerotherapy & Laser Treatment / Double-Injury Technique
  7. 7. Conservative TreatmentConservative Treatment • Weight loss • Exercise • Elevation • Compression stockings
  8. 8. Compression StockingsCompression Stockings • Prevent pooling of blood in veins • Promotes healthy blood flow by compressing veins • Ideally worn during long- periods of standing or sitting • Reduces discomfort and progression • Expensive • Hot • Difficult to put on
  9. 9. Sclerotherapy AloneSclerotherapy Alone • Most popular treatment • Tiny needles • FDA-approved medication • Irritates lining of vein, causing it to collapse • Two to four 20 minute sessions • Minimal discomfort • Can cause discoloration or staining of skin
  10. 10. Laser & Sclerotherapy TreatmentLaser & Sclerotherapy Treatment “Double-Injury Technique”“Double-Injury Technique” • By using laser first, vein is damaged, allowing small amount of solution in the vein. • Decreased risk of skin staining • Faster resolution than sclerotherapy alone
  11. 11. Recovery Period?Recovery Period? • Walking encouraged day of procedure • Return to normal activities next day • Strenuous exercise (running or step aerobics e.g.) after three weeks • Return to work next day
  12. 12. SummarySummary • Spider veins cause discomfort and embarrassment • Exercise, weight loss, elevation and compression stockings may alleviate symptoms • Current treatment options have significantly improved over recent years • Laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy are effective treatment options • Low risk and minimal associated recovery

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