varicose vein treatment

How Does a Compression Stocking Help to Promote Blood Flow?

Compression stockings are used to treat a range of ailments. This includes swelling of the legs or blood accumulation in the legs when a person is standing still or sitting for an extended period of time. It is not uncommon for providers to recommend their use after a procedure to encourage blood flow. The last thing that a caring doctor wants is for anything to interfere with a patient’s recovery. Individuals who have circulation issues, who have developed varicose veins, or who have other health issues may not be able to effectively move the blood out of their legs and return it toward the heart for proper circulation. This can leave them with discomfort and swelling. Compression socks work because they produce a graduated compression. This means that compression socks are tighter around your ankles and your calves than they are around your thighs. Compression stockings are prescribed by a medical professional. So before you use them, your medical professional will identify the issue that you are having with the blood flow in your legs and help you to determine which compression stocking is right for you. Compression stockings do not come in a one-size-fits-all form. Different stockings are designed to squeeze at different strengths. Some are only designed to come up to your knees. Using one that is too tight could have a negative consequence. Or wearing compression stockings that do not have enough compression can render them less effective. So whether they are being worn to improve blood flow as a result of a minimally-invasive procedure or a problem with your veins, compression stockings are a valuable tool that can help improve your quality of life. While compression stockings help to improve symptoms and improve blood flow out of the legs, state-of-the-art vein care offers new options that may improve flow. Ultimately, many patients have been able to reduce symptoms and improve the look of their legs with such procedures. Once the treatment plan has been completed, many patients no longer need to wear stockings on a regular basis. At Rosen Vein Care, in Chicago, Dr. Rosen will […]

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Injection

Those large veins, having a rope-like shape, and appearing on the surface of legs are called varicose veins. These veins can crop up on you slowly but steadily over years if left untreated. It could make you feel self-conscious, causing you to hide your legs all of the time. Pain is another problem that may go hand in hand with large veins. As the blood collects in problematic veins, they begin to bulge. This can make your legs ache and feel heavy. Rest and compression stockings could be recommended to help you deal with these annoying veins, but you may need minimally-invasive, safe, and effective treatments including Endovenous Laser Ablation, Clarivein® or  ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy injections. How Do Ultrasound-Guided Injections Work? Using injections is a minimally-invasive, maximally-comfortable form of treatment for problematic superficial veins. Also known as sclerotherapy, it involves the use of safe, effective chemicals that are injected into the vein to seal it permanently. Once this happens, the large veins will gradually fade from sight over the course of weeks to months. An ultrasound device can be used to help our vein specialist Dr. Rosen to pinpoint the precise location for your injections.  Typically, ultrasound guidance is not required, but can be useful in helping to treat the source of varicose veins beneath the surface. Why Choose Ultrasound-Guided Injections? Ultrasound-guided injections offer you a safe, affordable, and effective way to treat your varicose veins with a method that is minimally invasive. You won’t need to endure a hospital stay, or a lengthy recovery. Most importantly, you can rest assured knowing Dr. Rosen has your interests in mind and will provide expert care as he gets to the source of your varicose veins. Once your treatment is over, you will be advised to wear compression stockings in the days that follow your procedure. Compression stockings and walking will help you to promote healthy circulation in your legs. Vein Clinic in Chicago Area If you have been suffering from varicose veins for years, the time to take action is NOW!  Call Rosen Vein Care at 847-440-3448 today and schedule a consultation with […]

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 […]

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Many patients prefer this treatment because it’s minimally invasive. It is a safe, effective treatment option for patients who have spider veins and varicose veins. If you’re in the Chicago area and considering this treatment, Dr. Rosen will personally assess your individual needs and help you decide the best treatment option for you. How Sclerotherapy Works During the procedure, a safe and effective chemical called a sclerosant is delicately and comfortably injected directly into the target vein. The goal of the chemical agent is to cause the vein to close and start to permanently seal off over time. Results are not instantaneous: sclerotherapy convinces the body to use its natural healing mechanisms to gradually make these annoying, non-essential veins fade away over time. Just like it takes a while for any wound to heal, it takes weeks and sometimes months for patients to see the ultimate improvements. The Recovery Process When the treatment session is finished, compression stockings are placed on the treated leg(s). You’ll need to wear the stockings immediately after the procedure. To achieve optimal results, patients often need to undergo more than one sclerotherapy treatment session. There is no downtime: you can resume most routine activities immediately after your treatment session. How Many Treatments Are Needed? Since everyone is different, the total number of treatments that you’ll need depends on several factors. The size, number and depth of the veins will be taken into consideration. Dr. Rosen will be happy to discuss your individual needs during your hour-long consultation. Why Consider This Therapy? If you’re looking for a proven, minimally-invasive, maximally-comfortable treatment, sclerotherapy has been shown to be effective. Since it is a process that requires time for your body to heal, you need to consider starting treatment months in advance. NOW is the perfect time to call and schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Rosen. Finding the Right Chicago Vein Doctor Dr. Rosen is a board certified vein specialist who spends as much time with his patients as possible so that he can have a thorough […]