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Is Sclerotherapy procedure advisable for diabetic patients with venous problems?

Venous Problems

High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes may cause fatty deposits inside the blood vessels and can make you vulnerable to vein disorders. As the lining of the blood vessels may get damaged, the blood circulation may be impacted. Poor circulation in your feet, hands, and especially on the legs can be detrimental to one’s health. The veins on the extremities struggle to carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. This allows more blood to pool around the veins, stretching them and ultimately weakening the vein walls leading to vein disorders.

When your circulatory system is compromised, the symptoms are not always easy to detect. It is crucial that you know what to look out for and take prompt actions to avoid major complications that may arise. A vein doctor can identify early signs of vein disorders and suggest the right interventions. Essentially, a vein doctor becomes indispensable for a diabetic patient.

Varicose veins

Diabetes may not cause varicose veins. However, it could indirectly lead to its formation. Varicose veins and spider veins are complex conditions with several risk factors including age, genetics, and hormone level changes. This combination of uncontrolled diabetes and varicose veins may lead to blood clots. Several studies done in similar fields have indicated that a large percentage of people with diabetes eventually succumb to clot-related conditions.

Many patients with diabetes develop chronic venous insufficiency which can lead to formation of varicose veins. Untreated varicose veins can lead to severe pain. When leg sores, called venous ulcers develop in diabetic patients, they usually do not heal and are more likely to become infected. 

Diabetes and Vein disorders – A vicious cycle

Owing to diabetes, as the vein health takes a heavy toll, the latter marked with leg pain, swelling, and skin discoloration lead to high inactivity levels of patients which may further contribute to worsening diabetes symptoms. This cyclical pattern can be dangerous and hence it is very important to manage your diabetes and venous disease together by seeking treatment from doctors.

Minimally invasive “sclerotherapy” on diabetic patients

Early venous treatment is highly recommended for patients who have diabetes. Early intervention reduces the risk of additional vein and skin damage which progressively worsens with time. If alarming signs are noticed it is advisable not to stick to a wait-and-watch approach but rather start the treatment immediately.

Recently, a treatment called Sclerotherapy has gained acceptance as a highly effective and safe treatment for varicose veins. 

Published studies have demonstrated that Sclerotherapy is an effective and well-tolerated procedure for varicose veins in diabetic patients who have their blood sugar levels maintained under control before undergoing the procedure.1 Studies have also proved that the success rate among diabetics were comparable to that of the global population of patients undergoing sclerotherapy. 

At Avis vascular Centre, Dr. Rajah and his team of eminent doctors are specialized in the treatment of vein disorders and circulation related problems, such as diabetes. Based on your specific condition, they may suggest if minimally invasive procedures like sclerotherapy may be suitable for you.

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