Varicose Vein

Reasons to Consider Varicose Vein Treatment

If you are one of the many people that have varicose veins, you have likely wondered about the best way to eliminate them. On the other hand, you may have settled on the idea that they are something that you will just learn to live with. If this is the case, however, you may want to reconsider since there are a variety of treatment options available, at least one of which is likely to meet your needs and expectations. Add to this the fact that varicose veins can put you at risk for other health problems, and you really should consider varicose vein treatment at Rosen Vein Care. Varicose veins develop more often in the legs than anywhere else in the body. There are some reasons this is the case. Inside your veins, there are valves that make sure the blood can only flow one way. For veins, the correct way is upwards, toward the heart. With the veins in the legs, the upward flow has to overcome the downward pull of gravity. If not for these check valves, gravity could make the blood flow pool towards your ankles and feet. If the valves do not function as they should, wrong-way flow or reflux occurs. As blood pools in veins, pressure builds up over time. The added pressure acting on the vein walls causes them to become enlarged, bulging varicose veins. In addition to impacting one’s appearance, varicose veins can produce symptoms and create other health risks. People who spend much of their day standing are even more likely to experience discomfort. The same is true for individuals who must stay seated in a stationary position for extended periods of time. Symptoms of varicose veins can include things like aches and pains, heaviness, tired legs, cramps and even restless legs at night. The presence of varicose veins may also increase the risk of developing blood clots. Varicose vein treatment , including Sclerotherapy, can be safely performed at Dr. Rosen’s Chicago area office and requires very little, if any, restriction from your normal activities including work and exercise. To discuss your […]

Dangers of Leaving Varicose Veins Untreated

Varicose veins can become more than just a cosmetic concern. They can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. These complications can range from moderate to serious issues such as superficial venous thrombophlebitis, bleeding episodes and (thankfully rarely) deep vein clots. The following are several problems that could occur when venous disease is overlooked. Untreated Varicose Veins Can Cause an Uncomfortable Array of Symptoms Beyond being noticeable, varicose veins can feel uncomfortable. People with varicose veins also report bouts of leg fatigue, swelling, cramps and “restless legs”. Without the benefit of medical intervention, these are symptoms that may worsen over time. In addition to contending with a number of persistent and highly inconvenient symptoms, however, there is also the increased likelihood of developing more severe conditions. Spontaneous Bleeding Spontaneous bleeding is always a potential issue with untreated varicose veins. Over time, varicose veins gradually wear down the skin. This can make cuts, scrapes and other, minor abrasions, incredibly serious issues. Although there is usually minimal pain with the spontaneous bleeding that varicose veins are known to cause, significant blood loss can occur unless an effort is made to establish an effective treatment and prevention plan. Lipodermatosclerosis Untreated superficial vein disease may create chronic inflammation in the surrounding soft tissue and skin on the legs. Long bouts of inflammation can lead to a progressive discoloration and thickening of the skin and soft tissues due to scarring. This is called lipodermatosclerosis. Leg Ulcers If left untreated, lipodermatosclerosis increases a person’s likelihood of developing venous leg ulcers. Such ulcers heal poorly, if at all, without dealing with the underlying source of the problem: superficial venous insufficiency. Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis or DVT may be the most serious condition associated with untreated superficial venous disease. The greatest risk that DVT poses is that of having the blood clot travel further up the body toward the heart and lungs and is considered to be life-threatening. Schedule Your Consultation with Rosen Vein Care At Rosen Vein Care, Dr. Rosen sets aside at least an hour for each patient to ensure a thorough history […]

Treating Varicose Veins with Foam Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins…those bulging, annoying and often painful veins… commonly appear on the legs. While you can’t wish them away or make them disappear with a lotion or cream…foam sclerotherapy might be an effective solution to finally and permanently rid your legs of varicose veins. How Can Foam Sclerotherapy Help You? Foam sclerotherapy is a popular treatment that is used to treat varicose veins. It is a simple procedure that will only require 30 minutes or less. The first step is to identify the extent of your problems. Ultrasound technology is often used to determine whether the veins at the skin surface are an isolated problem or if they are a result of underlying flow abnormalities. The ultrasound examinations are typically covered by insurance. If underlying problems are discovered, those are the first issues that are dealt with. Typically, the treatments we offer to deal with underlying flow problems in the saphenous veins (see are also covered by most insurance carriers and Medicare. Once underlying problems have been ruled-out or dealt with, the next step is treating the varicose veins themselves. Foam sclerotherapy is a safe and effective non-surgical technique that allows me to make varicose veins shrink and fade away just by gently injecting a chemical inside the vein. This chemical mildly irritates the walls of the veins, making them collapse and start to shrivel up over time. The blood will no longer be able to flow through treated veins and can instantly be re-routed to other, healthier veins. After the procedure, you will be required to wear compression stockings to improve the circulation in your legs and the outcome of the procedure. Gradually, the symptoms as well as the veins will fade away. Are You a Good Candidate for this Procedure? The only way to find out if foam sclerotherapy is advised for you is to speak with Dr. David Rosen. If you have a condition that puts you at risk of forming blood clots, you may be advised to avoid the procedure. If you are given the go-ahead, lifestyle changes may help you to maintain your results, […]

Do You Need a Surgeon to Remove Varicose Veins? Not Anymore!

What is Foam Sclerotherapy? If you’re looking for a vein clinic that offers state-of-the-art treatments to eliminate your varicose veins, look no further. As a premiere vein clinic in the Chicago / North Shore area, Rosen Vein Care offers a very safe, effective, comfortable treatment called foam sclerotherapy to accomplish this goal. How does it work? Sclerotherapy in general is a non-surgical procedure in which Dr. Rosen injects a chemical called a sclerosant into the varicose vein. This chemical starts a process that convinces your body to close the vein and permanently seal it and help it fade away over time. Time is the key element to remember: sclerotherapy starts a process that your body finishes; healing takes time…from weeks to even months depending on the extent of a patients issues. In foam sclerotherapy, a “soapy” chemical called Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (STS) is used. This detergent sclerosant is able to be turned into a foam which is then injected into the varicose vein. The beauty of foam sclerotherapy is that a dilute solution of STS is actually rendered more effective at treating larger-sized veins merely by foaming it, rather than having to resort to a stronger concentration of chemical. What happens during the procedure? Once ensuring the patient is comfortable, Dr. Rosen will locate the target vein. By using either a special gadget called a veinlite or ultrasound guidance, the chemical can be safely ensured to be placed within, and not next to, the vein. At the end of the procedure, some gauze and tape is applied over the treated vein(s).  Compression stockings are then placed. Following this, the legs are elevated for 10 minutes. Then you are on your way! Patients can return to most routine activities IMMEDIATELY after the procedure. What happens after the procedure? Patients are recommended to wear the compression stockings for a few weeks. While the data is limited, research suggests that results may be improved by wearing compression stockings as directed. While we would love for all patients to need only one treatment, realistically speaking, it may take several treatments, spaced out 2+ weeks […]