At Ozark Regional Vein Center, we offer medical sclerotherapy to help treat varicose and spider veins in the legs. Medical sclerotherapy can also improve the appearance and symptoms caused by varicose veins, like night cramps, swelling, aching, and burning sensations. Contact our office in Rogers today to learn more about the medical sclerotherapy treatments offered at Ozark Regional Vein Center.
What is medical sclerotherapy?
Medical sclerotherapy is a procedure used to improve the appearance of and treat the symptoms caused by varicose and spider veins like swelling, aching, night cramps, and burning. The procedure is performed by using a fine needle to inject a medicated or chemical solution into the vein that causes the vein to swell and eventually collapse. With time, the vein will eventually fade and dissolve.
What can I expect during the procedure?
For the duration of the procedure, you will be lying on your back with your legs slightly elevated. The treated area will be cleansed with alcohol and then a fine needle will be used to insert the solution into the designated veins. The solution will irritate the vein and cause it to swell, which blocks the blood flow. You may experience some minor discomfort or cramping when the needle is first inserted into the vein. Lidocaine can be used to numb the treated area and minimize any discomfort experienced during the procedure. Once the solution has been inserted, the needle will be withdrawn from the vein and compression will be applied to the treated area. Your doctor may massage the area as well to further disperse the solution and keep blood from entering the treated vein. The number of injections during the treatment can depend on the size and number of veins being treated.
How long will the treatment take?
Sclerotherapy treatments typically take about 30 minutes. The length of a treatment session can depend on how many veins are being treated during the procedure.
What is the recovery period like?
Compression stocking or bandages are recommended for about two weeks following the procedure, so the compression is maintained on the treated area. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the same day of treatment, but we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for at least two weeks following the procedure. Walking and moving is an important part of your recovery as it will prevent blood clots from forming.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects can include muscle cramps, bruising, stinging, or discomfort at the injection site and mild swelling of ankles or feet. These side effects are temporary and typically resolve on their own. Side effects usually subside within a few days to a few weeks of treatment.
Are you interested in learning more about the medical sclerotherapy treatments offered at Ozark Regional Vein Center? Contact our office in Rogers today to schedule a consultation!