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New Painless Varicose Veins Treatment Introduced

In one of Dr. Oz’s shows, he introduced a new technology which provides painless noninvasive treatment for varicose veins. It was not discussed in the show, however, that there are some possible dangers with the new technology.

Varicose veins are hideous physical gripes that at least 60 percent of women worry about. Dr. Oz invited Dr. Luiz Navarro of the Vein Treatment Center who in turn offered a non-invasive way of treating and removing varicose veins. The new technology is referred to as cryo-sclerotherapy.

Varicose veins develop due to inefficient blood flow of deoxygenated blood to the heart. This is also promoted by the weakened walls of veins and inefficient valves. When the veins in the lower extremities are no longer able to push blood back to the heart, blood tends to back flow and develop a pool in a particular area. When this is prolonged, blood pools will distend the walls of the veins and cause them to bulge or swell. This will call for the veins to be dysfunctional and that is how varicose veins develop.

There are now several minimally invasive procedures done in an office setting to remove varicose veins. Most current procedures can even allow patients to drive home and return to their normal activities. The current procedures promise minimal pain with efficient results. As innovation progresses to make varicose removal a more painless reality, a new technology called the cryo-sclerotherapy has been developed. Sclerotherapy is a procedure that has been practiced for decades to remove small varicosities. A chemical solution referred to as the sclerosant is injected into the dysfunctional vein which in turn allows the veins to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body macrophages. The solution ultimately helps remove small varicosities.

The new technology allows numbness of the area where the sclerosant will be injected, thereby eliminating pain. Blasts of ice-cold air is introduced into the site where the sclerosant will be injected making the procedure painless. It is important to know which sclerosant is being injected through cryo-sclerotheraphy.

According to Dr. Oz, Dr. Navarro used the sclerosant Sotradecol, which is a sodium tetradecul sulfate injection. This sclerosant is not advised to be injected in most patients as it can cause a severe allergic reaction, possibly leading to anaphylaxis. It is important for doctors to first know whether the patient is allergic to the sclerosant before going through with the procedure. According to the Food and Drug Administration, another sclerosant, Asclera, can also trigger an allergic reaction, specifically among patients who suffer from acute thromboembolic diseases.

Although sclerotherapy may be a promising therapy for a number of individuals suffering from unslightly veins, it is certainly not for everyone. Some may be allergic to sclerosant, and this is something that must be tested before going on with the vein removal procedure. The good thing is that there are other options available for vein removal. Sclerotherapy is only best done in small varicosities. There are now several other vein removal options, so there is really no need to fret over not being qualified for sclerotherapy. 

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