Varicose and spider veins can affect both genders of any ages. Some triggers of this disease are introduced by genetic heritage, pregnancy, aging, weak valves in the veins, weakness in the vein walls or standing for a long time might, as well, be a factor of risk. Varicose veins represent the disorder of blood circulation which can cause serious diseases such as embolisation of the blood vessels, deep vein thrombosis, ulceration and other cardiovascular diseases. Besides diseases, this phenomenon also represents aesthetical problem, and therefore women suffering from this blood circulation disorder are ready to spend great fortune for removing of the varicose veins.
Appearance of varicose and spider veins
Formation of the varicose and spider veins is conditioned by disorder of blood circulation, which is performed by accumulation of the blood in one part of the vein. Therefore patients suffering from this cardiovascular disease have stretched veins, usually visible on the legs and thighs. The difference between varicose and spider veins is that, varicose veins are bulged, blue and thick making the skin surface bumpy, while spider veins are short, red coloured lines which doesn’t make bumpy surface and make an impression of spider web.
Treatment of varicose and spider veins
Nowadays, there exist several kinds of therapies for this disorder: Injections with medications for improving circulation, sclerotherapy, surgery, laser or electro-cautery treatments (especially used on face) and other more. Every of these treatments is based on eliminating unhealthy veins. That means, the healthy veins will take over the functions of unhealthy ones. Surgery is performed by making of the small cut, usually near the groin, and taking out the unhealthy vein, by some flexible device which is put through the vein. The surgery can’t be performed on patients suffering from spider veins, and therefore sclerotherapy is the best solution for them.
Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting of solution named Sotradecol directly into vein, which causes blood present in that area to turn into solid condition, transforming the vein into scar tissue. That way, the skin’s surface is again provided with its natural healthy look without visible veins. After this procedure, treated area should be tightly wrapped in bandages for a week, in order to prevent separating of the vein walls.
Costs of medical procedures for varicose veins
Operation of varicose veins, as well as therapies which recovery process demands are often very expensive. Surgery of this disease in the United States usually costs from 600 to 2000 dollars per leg. Hospitalization fees and anesthesia are not included in this sum. Price for these treatment in United Kingdom is from 1500 to 2100 pounds for one leg and for both legs is from 2250 to 3400 pounds. Sclerotherapy represents cheaper solution with the price usually below 1000 dollars.