Sclerotherapy

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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that has been used for over 80 years. It is used to remove varicose veins and spider veins. The relatively straight-forward procedure involves an injection, of a salt solution containing prescribed drugs, into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.

Am I a Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

A medical history during consultation will be taken prior to any treatment to taken to determine if you are suitable for sclerotherapy.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

Sclerotherapy is performed by a specialist nurse who has been trained in Sclerotherapy and the procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. The number of veins injected in one session varies, and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as your general medical condition.

The injection is usually a salt solution which is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected.

The Sclerotherapy Side Effects

Mild side effects have been reported, such as itching, which can last for one or two days after the procedure. You may also experience raised, red areas at the injection site. These should disappear within a few days. Occasionally the injection site may bruise also.

Be aware that faint brown lines or spots may appear at the vein site – in most cases, they disappear within three to six months.