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How You Can Benefit From Sclerotherapy

An elderly woman's legs with varicose veins

How can you benefit from sclerotherapy?

  1. Treat varicose veins
  2. Treat malformed lymph vessels
  3. Treat hemorrhoids
  4. Treat hydroceles


Sclerotherapy is a form of varicose vein treatment. In the Philippines, you would often see a lot of older individuals with spider veins and varicose veins on their legs. Sclerotherapy can also be used as a treatment for other problems such as malformed lymph vessels, hemorrhoids, and hydroceles. You can visit your doctor or a Varicose Vein Center at a trusted medical center if you wish to learn more. For sclerotherapy, here are some benefits you can expect.


Treat Varicose Veins

Veins transport unoxygenated blood from the peripheral tissues back to the heart. Since the pressure in the veins is low, the blood is pumped forward by the heart. To prevent back-flow, veins have valves that only allow blood to flow towards the heart. If these valves lose their abilities, the veins can become enlarged and can start to bulge. This is what causes varicose veins. Smaller veins that feed the varicose are called spider veins. These can appear as red or blue lines.

If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to chronic swelling called venous insufficiency. Destroying these swelling veins is very desirable for both medical and cosmetic reasons.

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure where a chemical called the sclerosant is injected into the affected vein to eliminate it. The sclerosant functions by damaging the inner lining of the vessel. This results in a clot that blocks blood circulation in the vein.


Treat Malformed Lymph Vessels

Close up of a man touching his neck due to pain

The lymphatic system is a network of tubes that collect lymph. Lymph is a clear, pale yellow fluid that drains out of the blood vessels from all over the body. The lymphatic system works by returning the lymph to the bloodstream. Malformations grow because of a problem with lymph drainage. This makes the lymph swell, which is also known as a flare.

Lymphatic malformations can grow because they contain fragile, misshapen veins in their walls. It can also fill up with blood. This pools the lymph as well as stretches the vessels and cysts. This makes the lymphatic malformation grow even more. Once it is close to the skin’s surface, it can appear as bruising.

As lymphatic malformation grows, it can put pressure on other body parts. This includes the eyes, windpipe, and other blood vessels. These can form beneath the skin, fat, connective tissue, joints, organs, and bones. It is impossible to build in the brain, but they are most commonly found in the head and neck area.

A lymphatic malformation is a cluster of lymph vessels that form a growing, sponge-like group. Sclerotherapy causes lymph vessels to collapse and scar. This shrinks the lymphatic malformation.


Treat Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are tissues filled with blood vessels that are found at the end of the rectum. If this becomes enlarged, it can cause unpleasant symptoms. For women, hemorrhoids can be caused by pregnancy when the uterus is enlarged. The enlarged uterus presses on the vein in the colon, which causes it to bulge.

Hemorrhoids are also common for adults aged 45 to 65 years. Take note that young people and children are not immune as they can still be susceptible to hemorrhoids. If you are chronically constipated or have chronic diarrhea, this can put additional pressure on the blood vessels. Sitting for too long can also pressure the walls of the vessels.

Depending on the size of hemorrhoids, sclerotherapy can be carried out without the need for anesthetic. However, if the hemorrhoids are severe, your doctor will recommend surgery using a general or local anesthetic.

For grade 1 or grade 2 hemorrhoids, a proctoscope will be gently inserted into the anus. This tool has a light which the doctor uses to look at the membranes and lining of the anus. The proctoscope is also used to inject the required drugs to treat the hemorrhoids. It shrinks the hemorrhoids by damaging blood vessels and reducing the blood supply to them. You might need to come back every other week for follow up injections to fully recover.


Treat Hydroceles

A man clutching his testicles due to pain

A hydrocele is a condition that commonly occurs in baby boys and a number of adult men. Fluid fills the scrotum and can cause swelling within it.

Men’s testicles develop near the kidney. By the time of birth, the testicles will drop their position from inside the abdomen into the scrotum through the inguinal canal. If a part of the canal called the peritoneal sac is opened once more, fluid may leak into the scrotum from the belly. This is what causes a hydrocele. This can also occur when there is an infection of the scrotum or testicle.

Sclerotherapy can be an alternative to surgery. A needle is inserted into the hydrocele, and the fluid is withdrawn. After removing the liquid, the doctor will inject chemicals into the sack. This prevents the fluids from building up and causing inflammation again.


Key Takeaway

If you have varicose veins and you desire to treat them, you can visit a Varicose Vein Center at a professional hospital. Varicose vein treatment in the Philippines is not only used for cosmetic reasons, but it is also used for several medical reasons. Visit your doctor now to learn more about sclerotherapy.

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