Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for varicose and spider veins which is performed in our clinic. Using a tiny needle, medication is injected. The medication irritates the vein walls so that they stick together. The treated vein is then gradually reabsorbed by the body. Eliminating these diseased veins actually improves the circulation and makes the legs healthier. Blood flow is re-directed through healthier veins.
What causes vein problems?
Veins carry blood from the legs back to the heart through one-way valve systems. When there is a weakness in the vein wall or a faulty valve, the valve stretches and no longer closes properly. The veins become filled with blood that can't flow, causing the veins to become enlarged and painful. Vein problems are much more common in women, particularly those that sit or stand for a living (such as teachers, hairstylists, etc) and/or have had children. Venous disease is also genetically inherited and can sometimes result from trauma.
What types of vein problems does Thornbury Leg Vein Clinic treat?
Spider veins and varicose veins are the most common. Other vein problems include chronically swollen legs from prolonged sitting, standing, and driving, and pregnancy-related swelling.
How many treatments are required?
That depends on the type and severity of the veins to be treated. The larger vessels only required a few (3 or 4) well-placed injections with a stronger solution. They must be treated first. The smaller spider veins may require many points of injection using a weaker solution. The injections will be stopped at any time if the patient so requests. The number of injections is less important that the type of sclerosing agent used, its dosage, the site of the injections and the skill of the doctors and their staff.
Why Thornbury Leg Vein Clinic?
Kathy de Langley, R.N. has been registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario since 1986. Since 1999, she has been providing sclerotherapy and laser treatments for leg veins. Over the years, Kathy has completed many training courses in laser treatments and sclerotherapy for leg vein treatments. She is also trained in medical legwear compression and its applications in the management of leg vein disorders.
Dr. Tim Remillard is Thornbury Leg Vein Clinic's Medical Director. Dr. Remillard has taken specialized training in the treatment of varicose veins.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosis starts with an assessment, history, and a medical consultation. An ultrasound of the leg veins is often needed to evaluate the extent of disease. If treatment is indicated, each one treatment takes about 20 minutes. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the problem.
Discomfort after treatment is rare. Most patients leave our office and go directly back to work. We recommend that patients walk for 20 minutes after each treatment.
The diagnosis and treatment of significant problems due to large diseases veins are sometimes covered by O.H.I.P. Spider veins are considered "cosmetic" and therefore do not quality for most insurance plans. The compression stockings that are recommended are covered by private medical insurance plans.