Sclerotherapy Treatment For Varicose Veins

Sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins is a treatment where a chemical is injected into the vein that causes damage to the lining of the vein. Once the vein is damaged it closes off. While performing this procedure the doctor will elevate the leg to help drain the blood while the solution is injected into the vein. Once the sclerotherapy is completed the doctor will apply pressure to the area to prevent blood from returning to the area once you stand. 

Your doctor may also recommend support stockings for a few days to help keep pressure on the area. It is important for you to wear these stockings even when sleeping until the area has had time to heal properly.

Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy usually takes only a few minutes, depending on the number of veins being injected. It is done in the doctor’s office and does not require any type of anesthesia unless the doctor prefers to inject a local anesthetic to dull the pain of the needle. 

Some people say the treatment is painful and the chemical that is injected burns for a few minutes. There is one type of chemical called cpt foam sclerotherapy that is often used that expands once it enters the vein. Some people find they have better results with this type of chemical but if can be a bit more painful.

For larger veins your doctor may prefer to also use an ultrasound machine that helps guide them into the vein. This treatment for varicose veins has provided relief for people who would otherwise have to undergo surgery. This type treatment for varicose veins usually uses cpt foam which can be safer and more effective than other types of solutions. Although this type therapy is not as common in the United States as it is in other countries, it is usually also more cost effective because it can be done outside the hospital.

After sclerotherapy treatment you will not usually require any type of recovery period. You will be able to walk just as you did before but it is best to minimize the amount of time you are on your feet for a few days.

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