Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the affected vein, causing it to collapse and eventually fade from view. This safe and effective treatment can improve the appearance of unsightly veins and alleviate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and discomfort in the lower legs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does sclerotherapy work?
The solution used in sclerotherapy irritates the lining of the veins, causing them to collapse and stick together. Over time, the body absorbs the collapsed vein, and it disappears.
What can I expect during the sclerotherapy procedure?
During the procedure, a healthcare provider will inject the solution into the affected veins using a fine needle. The number of injections required will depend on the size and number of veins being treated. You may experience some mild discomfort or cramping during the injections.
Is sclerotherapy painful?
Most patients experience only mild discomfort during the sclerotherapy procedure. However, some may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation at the injection site.
How long does the sclerotherapy procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the number of veins being treated. Typically, sclerotherapy sessions last about 30 to 45 minutes.
How long does it take to see results from sclerotherapy?
Are there any risks associated with sclerotherapy?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with sclerotherapy. These include allergic reactions to the solution, skin discoloration, and the formation of blood clots.
Is there any downtime after sclerotherapy?
Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities and hot baths or saunas for a few days after the treatment. We also advise short term use of compression bandages or stockings to facilitate healing.
How many sclerotherapy sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required will depend on the size and number of veins being treated. Most patients require several sessions to achieve optimal results.
Is sclerotherapy covered by insurance?
In some cases, sclerotherapy may be covered by insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. However, it is best to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage options.