Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment for problematic veins. It involves injecting a solution called a sclerosant into the vein. The solution may be given in different concentrations depending on the size of the affected vein. For larger veins that are deeper in the leg, the sclerosant may be whipped into a foam because the foam will disperse more widely inside the vein.
You may be a good candidate for sclerotherapy if you have:
• Small varicose veins that do not cause health problems
• Larger varicose veins that can be treated with a minimally-invasive procedure
Sclerotherapy may not be advised if you are pregnant, nursing, have an allergy to the sclerosant or have blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. The procedure is also not advised for people who are obese.
After sclerotherapy treatments, the veins will collapse and be absorbed by the body within a few weeks. In some cases, it may take a month or more, and in a few cases, more than one treatment is required to achieve the desired results. Immediately after the treatment, pressure is applied to prevent the blood from returning to the affected vein. You may be asked to wear compression stockings for a few days or weeks to keep up the pressure.
There is no recovery time necessary with sclerotherapy, and you may be asked to walk immediately after the treatment. Bed rest is not recommended, but strenuous exercise is also not recommended for a few days after treatment.
Sclerotherapy is often used as a cosmetic treatment for unsightly varicose veins, and for this it is very effective. For those who have venous insufficiency, sclerotherapy can help to improve blood flow and reduce chronic swelling.
Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins to remove the unsightly veins and improve symptoms. Even if you do not have swollen or bulging veins, you may have symptoms such as aching, burning and swelling in the lower legs and night cramps. While these symptoms may not be a serious health risk, if they go untreated, they could develop into one. Sclerotherapy may be your best option to have smooth, pain-free legs again.
During a consultation with our doctor at the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, you can get all the facts about sclerotherapy. The type of treatment that is your best option may also be recommended. Your veins can be diagnosed with special ultrasound techniques. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.