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Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

Posted on March 2, 2015 · Posted in Blog

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that appear just below the skin. Although they typically occur in the legs, they can also form in other parts of the body. Veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart – if the veins become weak or damaged, the veins can swell and cause unsightly varicose veins.

Although some varicose veins are strictly a cosmetic issue, they can also be the result of a serious, underlying disease. Varicose veins are easy to identify; in addition to the appearance of twisted veins beneath the skin, symptoms include aches, fatigue, swelling, burning, itching, restless leg syndrome, night cramps, and numbness. If left untreated, symptoms will get worse over time and complications, such as inflammation or vein obstruction, could limit or impede your daily activities.

If lifestyle changes, self-care, or other varicose vein treatments haven’t worked, contact Vena Vascular today for more information about the diagnosis and treatment options for varicose veins.

SCLEROTHERAPY

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a medication, or sclerosant, into the diseased vein. The tissues of the vein will be damaged by the sclerosant, and will completely disappear after some time. Sclerotherapy is for the cosmetic removal of spider veins, or reticular veins, and it can be added to ablation for the removal of larger veins. Before any cosmetic injection, our experts will perform a comprehensive physical and ultrasound examination in order to rule out a possible underlying circulatory problem that may require a different approach in order to maximize results in the long-term.

After careful assessment, a sclerosant (medication) agent will be selected. The medication will be converted into a solution form (straight or foam), and a dose will be decided based on the size, type and location of the vein. We only use extremely safe and medically approved agents at our clinic. Next, a tiny needle – the smallest available for medical use – will be used to deliver sclerosant into the vein under visual guidance through a system called Veinlite. The injections are essentially painless and the process takes 20-40 minutes depending of the size of the treated area. The patient’s extremity will next be dressed in a stocking or multilayer compression dressing for 48-72 hours. The patient may require a course of 3-4 injection sessions to the same areas for optimal results.

Surface Sclerotherapy performed at VēNA Clinic

RECOVERY

Once the injections are complete compression stockings must be worn for two weeks. After the procedure there are no restrictions and any activities can be resumed. Patient usually return to clinic in 10-14 days for reassessment and to continue sclerothrapy.

Before & After pictures