Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy

Injection Sclerotherapy remains the most common method for treating spider veins and small varicose veins has been the typical patient’s “treatment of choice” for greater than fifty years.

During this procedure, the smallest of needles is inserted directly into the vein whereby affording patients minimal pain upon injection. Next a foaming solution technique (Foam Sclerotherapy), with FDA approved sodium tetradecyl is used to treat the vein. This chemical solution irritates the lining of the vessel causing it to swell and stick together. Impressively, the colored (red, blue) appearance of the veins will fade or disappear. The treated veins are then wrapped with an ace (cotton, sponge, and/or coban) or a compression hose is applied.

No anesthesia is required for this treatment, however it is less effective on larger veins and has a higher recurrence rate compared to other minimally invasive techniques. Hence, Sclerotherapy may require several treatments for complete resolution.

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