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    Sclerotherapy (Varicose Vein Treatment)

    Sclerotherapy Varicose Vein Treatments

    Sclerotherapy is an alternative treatment to varicose vein surgeries that are used to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and other bulging vein problems. Sclerotherapy is the process of the injection of chemical or foam into the veins to shrink them.

    Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy employs the use of ultrasound to help track veins so they can be easier to detect for injection and is usually performed after abnormalities are diagnosed. This process can be performed on adults and children with vein problems though it may not be suitable for veins above the knees. Other than sclerotherapy, there are alternative treatments of varicose veins such as surgery, radiofrequency, or laser ablation.

     

    What are the benefits of scleroterapy in comparison to invasive varicose vein treatments?

    Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment, meaning that it is usually safer and less harmful for the patient. It is also a lunch-time treatment, where the patient doesn’t have to file a leave from work in order to go through the procedure. No one will actually even know that you’ve done the treatment and you can walk away immediately.

    Are there any disadvantages and side effects to using sclerotherapy?

    Sclerotherapy has very few reported severe side effects. Some effects and complications from sclerotherapy can be hyperpigmentation, venous thromboembolism visual disturbances, skin necrosis, an allergic reaction, or a red treatment area. This usually disappears after a few days. Sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure.


    How long time does it take to perform sclerotherapy, and are continued treatments needed?

    The sclerotherapy procedure takes only 5-10 minutes. For the most optimal result the patient should receive 2-10 treatments for 2-10 weeks in total. The number of treatments depends on the severity and type of the varicose veins.

     
    How is Sclerotherapy performed?

    Sclerotherapy is performed by infiltrating the chemical solution sclerodex into the blood vessel, which produces an inflammatory reaction. This irritates the wall of the blood vessel which forms fibrous tissue inside. After a while the vessel die and disappears, leaving the blood to be rerouted through another blood vessel.

     
    Can all kinds of varicose veins be treated with sclerotherapy?

    In theory, all kinds of varicose veins, or spider veins, can be treated using sclerotherapy. Naturally, the patient must be assessed before starting the treatment. If the patient suffers from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) you will have to make a vein scanning first.

     

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