Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive and highly effective procedure often used to treat spider veins. This procedure can be performed in the comfort of your vein doctor’s office with no need for general anesthesia.
How it Works
Sclerotherapy works by introducing a sclerosing solution into spider veins. This solution irritates the walls of the veins, causing them to swell, seal off and collapse. Over time, the treated vein is absorbed by the body and fades from view.
Preparing for Sclerotherapy
Before your surgeon schedules sclerotherapy, he or she will examine your veins and review your medical history. Be sure to report any factors that may affect your safety during surgery, including a history of birth control usage or smoking, any heart conditions you have, medications you take and any allergies to medication or other substances. Follow your surgeon’s pre-op instructions carefully to avoid problems during the procedure.
Don’t shave your legs or apply any creams or lotions during the 24 hour period immediately before surgery. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can be removed easily for the procedure.
During the procedure, your surgeon will ask you to lie down on your back with your legs elevated slightly. He or she will clean the skin near your spider veins before performing the injections. Injections of sclerosing solution will be made directly into your spider veins with a fine needle. You may feel some cramping or discomfort during the injections. After each injection, the surgeon may apply compression to disperse the sclerosing solution. The entire procedure should be completed in less than an hour. For some patients, sclerotherapy takes only 15 minutes.
After the procedure is complete, you will rest on your back temporarily. Within a few minutes, the surgeon will ask you to get up and walk. You may be asked to wear bandages and/or compression garments for several days after the procedure.
While you are recovering from sclerotherapy, you should avoid aerobic activity, as well as exposure to the sun. It is common for patients to notice swelling and redness near the injection sites, as well as brown spots or lines. You may also notice bruising. All of these effects should fade over time.
The results of your sclerotherapy procedure may not appear for up to six weeks, depending on the size of the veins treated. Some patients may require additional treatments to achieve the desired outcome. Additional treatments may also be required if new spider veins develop.
Scheduling a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about how sclerotherapy can be used to treat spider veins, please contact the Bridgeport Vein Center today.