If you have varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy may be a procedure you will want to consider. It works best on smaller varicose veins. The procedure is performed by injecting a solution into the veins that causes it to scar and collapse. When the veins collapse, the body will reroute blood through healthier veins. Over time, the collapsed vein will disintegrate and be reabsorbed into the body.
Most patients will see varicose veins disappear within a couple of weeks. However, in some cases, the full results may not be evident for more than a month. Some patients have needed to have the therapy repeated multiple times in order to get the results they desire.
What Are the Benefits of Sclerotherapy?
The primary reason a person has sclerotherapy done is for cosmetic purposes. Varicose veins and spider veins are not attractive. In addition to the cosmetic reasons, people may have the procedure done to remove some of the symptoms associated with varicose veins such as night cramps, swelling, pain, and burning. Doctors recommend that pregnant women wait until after delivery before having the procedure performed.
How You Can Prepare for the Procedure
Prior to the procedure, you want to speak to us about any medications or herbal supplements you are taking. You may be asked you to stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs or blood thinners for a short period prior to the procedure.
Also, tell the doctor if you have any sicknesses, recent medical conditions, or have been taking any antibiotics.
On the day of the procedure, it is recommended that you wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. Depending on the location of the veins, you may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure. A solution is injected into the small veins. The solution irritates the lining of the veins, which cause them to swell shut and stick together. With time, the blood vessels become scar tissue and eventually fade away.
Depending on the location of the veins being treated, multiple veins may be addressed in one session. Treatment time may vary. Side effects may include minor irritation and bruising around the injection spot.
Schedule a Consultation
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide cosmetic and pain relief to patients who have been dealing with varicose and spider veins. Contact South Texas Vein Institute today to make an appointment.