What Is Sclerotherapy?
- Posted on: Mar 15 2017
If you suffer from varicose veins, sclerotherapy is a term you probably become familiar with. And if you’re not, it’s a good idea to read up on this effective treatment. Sclerotherapy refers to the process of injecting a special chemical called “sclerosant” into your varicose veins to damage the lining of the inside of the vein and cause it to close. Once the sclerosant is injected, pressure to the veins is applied, and compression stocking will need to be work for several days to keep the pressure on the legs and avoid clotting.
Sclerotherapy treats the following:
- Small veins and spider veins that are not serious problems
- Varicose veins that are small and have come back even after vein-stripping surgery
- Large varicose veins that can benefit from minimally invasive techniques
Sclerotherapy may not be right for you if you:
- Have deep vein thrombosis (inflammation or blood clots in the deep leg veins)
- Are pregnant or nursing, as sclerosant can cause birth defects and affect breast milk.
- Are allergic to sclerosant or substances that are similar.
In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, sclerotherapy is beneficial because it typically doesn’t require any downtime. You should be able to walk right after the treatment is done; however, strenuous exercise should be avoided for about a week after the procedure. Your doctor will also recommend avoiding exposing your legs to the sun for the first couple weeks after treatment.
Could you benefit from sclerotherapy for your varicose veins?
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