Medical sclerotherapy is a treatment for venous insufficiency. When your veins do not function properly, the blood doesn’t get pushed back to the heart fast enough and it starts to pool in the veins. Varicose veins and the tiny purple/red spider veins are not a dangerous health risk at first, but if they are left untreated, they can develop into serious problems such as blood clots and ulcers that don’t heal. Sclerotherapy is a permanent solution for these veins.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Medical sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally-invasive treatment for varicose and spider veins that involves injecting a special solution called a sclerosant directly into the affected vein. The solution irritates the vein wall and coagulates the blood. This makes the vein collapse effectively, sealing it closed. The blood naturally flows through one of the many healthy veins. Once the diseased vein is permanently closed, it will be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and eliminated from the body. The result is clear skin with the vein permanently gone. Sclerotherapy has been successfully used for decades to treat venous insufficiency.
What to Expect
You will first talk to our vein specialist and have your varicose or spider veins examined. You may have an ultrasound test to determine the extent of the damaged vein and if there are any other problems deeper in the leg. If medical sclerotherapy is your best option, you may be asked about any medications you are taking.
After the injection, which will only take minutes, you may be asked to walk around a little bit to encourage the blood to flow through the healthy veins. It is important to follow our team’s instructions for aftercare in order to get the best results. For example, you may be asked to protect the treated area from direct sunlight for a set amount of time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Just about everyone with varicose or spider veins is able to undergo medical sclerotherapy. Pregnant women should wait until after delivery and breastfeeding before having it done. You must tell our specialist if you smoke, are taking oral contraceptives or have heart disease, coagulation disorder or pre-existing cancer.
If you suffer from varicose and/or spider veins, it is in your best interest to get treatment before they become severe. When you visit Ozark Regional Vein Center, you can learn more about medical sclerotherapy and if it is a good option to get rid of your problematic veins once and for all. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Rogers!