Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for small varicose veins, reticular veins and spider veins thanks to its minimally invasive and relatively pain-free nature. Vein doctors administer sclerotherapy by injecting a fluid called a sclerant into affected veins. This fluid irritates the inner linings of the veins, causing them to close and be absorbed into the body.
The sclerotherapy procedure is typically short and can be performed in the doctor’s office without the need for anesthesia. Depending on the exact area of your leg being treated and the number of affected veins, the procedure can be as short as 15 minutes and long as one hour.
During your appointment, your doctor will first sterilize the injection site before injecting the affected veins one after the other. Most vein specialists prefer injecting the most painful or uncomfortable veins before the mildly affected ones, and from the thigh down the leg.
You may feel some pain or burning during the injection. If the pain is prolonged or feels unbearable, inform your doctor. Acute pain may signify that the fluid is leaking out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue.
The treated veins and the tissue surrounding may get swollen and feel itchy after the procedure. This is a sign that the sclerant is working.
The vein specialist will press gently on and around the treated vein before applying compression wrappings on you. Compression helps keep the walls of the veins tight together by squeezing out all blood inside them.
You may be advised to follow a mild exercise regime after the procedure to help with circulation of blood in the leg.
A follow up-visit may be scheduled depending on the circumstances surrounding your condition.
Sclerotherapy is one of the least invasive modern methods of treating small varicose veins and spider veins. If you are suffering from any of the two, call Desert West Vein & Surgery Center at 915-313-9569 today to schedule a consultation with one of the best vein specialists El Paso has to offer.