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Sclerotherapy


Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves an injection of a solution into each affected vein, which causes the vein to collapse and fade. There are many factors which can cause these types of veins to develop, including genetics, hormonal shifts, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. In addition, job and activities that require periods of prolonged sitting or standing can be a contributing factor.

  • Ideal Candidates

    Sclerotherapy is a well-proven treatment that has been around since the 1930s and works well for most patients. The procedure is fitting for those bothered by varicose or spider veins anywhere on the body, are committed to following the physician’s prescribed plan of treatment and have realistic expectations of their outcome.

  • Recovery

    If there are multiple veins being treated, the procedure will require multiple injections to collapse all the veins. Patients typically will be instructed to wear support hose or a compression garment to help aid the healing process. The treatment site may appear bruised and patients may feel some cramping for up to 48 hours, but this is temporary and patients can take ibuprofen if necessary for pain.   Downtime is minimal, and typically 50 to 80 percent treated veins are eliminated with each session. However, new veins may surface in the future, and you may need multiple treatments to achieve desired results.

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