Is Sclerotherapy Right For Your Varicose and Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is generally used to treat varicose and spider veins. A salt solution is directly injected into the vein, causing the blood to clot and the vein to collapse. The collapsed vein is then reabsorbed by your body, leaving no visible sign of it. This technique has been widely used to treat smaller veins since the 1930s.

 

What is involved?

Sclerotherapy is usually recommended by a doctor after reviewing your symptoms and health history. Our trained physicians will counsel you in making the best possible decision to treat varicose and spider veins. Once sclerotherapy is determined to be the best treatment, you will undergo the procedure on an outpatient basis. The treatment takes anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are being treated. A chemical called a sclerosant is injected into each vein and pressure is applied to keep the blood from those areas. In some cases you may have several sessions to treat a particular vein. After the sclerotherapy treatment is completed, you may have to wear compression socks for a few weeks to keep pressure on the veins.

 

What are the side effects?

Sclerotherapy is typically a very safe procedure. Some side effects that can occur after having sclerotherapy are:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Areas of raised red bumps
  • Small skin sores
  • Darkening of the skin in the affected area
  • Tiny red blood vessels

 

In some extreme cases blood clots, air bubbles or an allergic reaction can occur. This is why it is very important to have an up-to-date physical before beginning any treatments.

 

How effective is it?

Sclerotherapy treatment at our Louisiana offices is effective mostly for smaller varicose veins. Around 50%-80% of veins are eliminated using this technique. This procedure is also used after unsuccessful vein stripping, which is a less effective and more invasive technique. Sclerotherapy can take up to six weeks to work, and in some patients it could take several months. The doctor may ask you to return for more than one session to maximize the effectiveness. You can return to your normal activity level within a few days after the sclerotherapy procedure.

 

Here at Total Vein Care in Louisiana we specialize in Sclerotherapy in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Call us today at (225) 761-8119. Drs. Olinde, Griffin, Tran & Wilensky are waiting to help you.

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