What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that effectively treats varicose veins. It is often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, causing the vein to scar and collapse, and forcing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
How is the procedure performed?
The treatment area is sterilized. The nurse will begin injecting the sclerosant first into the larger then smaller veins. Since the injection needle is so small, patients often feel little pain, and a treatment is typically completed in 15 to 30 minutes. Bandages are applied at each injection site and clients must wear compression stockings for at least one week after each treatment.
What are the side effects of Scleotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a fairly safe procedure with very few complications. Temporary side effects can include:
- bruising at the injection site
- raised red areas
- minor itching, burning after the treatment which fades quickly
Can Sclerotherapy be used to treat large veins?
They require more sclerosant injected into the vein. Therefore, we recommend that you are treated by a vascular specialitst.
How many treatments are required?
This depends on the depth, number and size of veins being treated. Some patients are satisfied with a single session while others may require additional treatments. For extra treatments we recommend spacing them out about four weeks.
Do I have to limit my activity after treatment?
It is very important to walk regularly to encourage good circulation. Avoid strenuous activity for a few days.
Can anyone undergo Sclerotherapy?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have skin infections, uncontrolled diabetes, a history of thrombosis or are taking anticoagulants, you should not have this procedure done.
Where can I get Compression stockings?
In Chatham, you can get them at McCalls Drug store and Shoppers on St. Clair Street.
Single Treatment $170.00 (plus tax)