What is Sclerotherapy?
Traditional Sclerotherapy is one of the most commonly used treatments for varicose veins and other blood vessel malformations. Used for treating small and medium size veins, sclerotherapy reduces the appearance of veins and helps prevent serious complications. Varicose veins are those unattractive red and blue veins on the legs developed as a result of genetic predisposition, aging process, and pregnancy. Sclerotherapy is done to improve the aesthetic appearance of legs.
Also known as Injection Therapy, Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical technique to treat enlarged veins by injecting an irritating chemical into the vein. During the procedure, a solution or chemical – known as a sclerosant – is injected directly into the affected vein, causing the vein to scar and collapse. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed and eventually fades into the surrounding tissue, getting rid of unappealing swollen veins in the legs.
Depending upon the size and location of veins, different strengths and types of sclerosants are used. You may require one or more injection sessions around the affected vein region. During your first visit, the doctor will evaluate the number of treatments you might require.
Are there any post-procedure instructions?
If you have bulging veins, special dressings and pressure gradient stockings are placed over the treated legs. You will be advised to take a fifteen-minute walk immediately after the procedure.
Is sclerotherapy safe?
The procedure is performed without anesthesia and at the doctor’s clinic. The needles used are very small to avoid any harm to the patient. Conventional sclerotherapy causes only minimal discomfort and generally no recovery time is needed. The solution injected into the veins is also safe with very few allergic reactions reported. Some of the rare risks and complications of sclerotherapy include inflammation and pain around the injected site, permanent scarring, damage to the surrounding nerve and allergic reaction to the sclerosant.
What is the recovery time?
As mentioned above, no recovery time is required and the patient can resume their normal activities immediately. You will be encouraged to get involved in some sort of low impact exercises, however, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for approximately 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
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