Vein Treatment with Sclerotherapy
What is Sclerotherapy?
In sclerotherapy, an ultrasound unit or special light is used to guide a tiny needle into the abnormal veins. Once in the vein, a small amount of medication is injected that causes the inside of the vein walls to scar together. After these malfunctioning veins close down, they can no longer stretch out causing leg discomfort and prominent skin veins.
Treatment with Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of abnormal veins—veins as large as an inch to smaller than a millimeter in size. There are some differences in the way we treat these different kinds of veins.
Which Types of Veins Can Be Treated with Sclerotherapy?
What Happens After the Procedure?
After treatment, the leg is dressed with sterile bandages, wrapped, and placed in a compression stocking to help the treated veins fully close down over the next 1-2 weeks. At the follow-up appointment 2-3 weeks after treatment, we examine the leg veins with ultrasound to confirm safe and successful closure of the abnormal veins. We schedule a final appointment in 3-4 months’ time during which we ensure the veins remain durably treated and to address any questions you might have.
What Are the Side Effects of Treatment?
Sclerotherapy is a low-risk procedure. The most common side effect from treatment is some bruising which fades over the course of a few weeks. We take every precaution to avoid complications such as tenderness of veins elsewhere in the leg (phlebitis), blood clots in the deeper veins (DVT), darkening of the skin in the area of treatment (hyperpigmentation) and the development of tiny red veins in the region (telangiectatic matting), all of which are usually temporary and have specific treatments.