Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy that treats spider veins and small varicose veins. Using a saline solution, a vein specialist at Palm Vein Center injects the medication mixture directly into damaged veins. This solution irritates the lining of blood vessels within the vein, causing them to stick together and clot. Over time, the blood vessels form scar tissue, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The procedure takes roughly 30 minutes to complete, and patients may experience some discomfort and cramping during the first few injections.
Before a patient receives his or her injections, a list of pre-injection instructions will be sent home with him or her to ensure the procedure goes off without a hitch. Your vein specialist at Palm Vein Center may instruct you to avoid certain medications before the injections and talk to you about possible side effects from the procedure. Once you’ve been cleared for the procedure, you will receive the injections to treat your spider or varicose veins.
Immediately after the injections, you will be encouraged to walk around frequently to help boost blood flow. The therapy doesn’t require any twilight sedation or general anesthesia, so you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your normal, daily activities right after. Compression stockings will need to be worn over the treated veins for a certain period of time. Your vein specialist will provide guidelines for how long you’re expected to wear these stockings.
If you’re experiencing mild discomfort after the procedure and would like to take something for it, your specialist may clear you for Tylenol use but other anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided. Hot baths, warm compresses, whirlpools, saunas, and direct sunlight should be avoided for up to 48 hours after the procedure. You may take a shower, but the water should be cooler than usual and the injection sites can only be washed with mild soap and lukewarm water.
Call Palm Vein Center immediately if you begin to notice inflammation within five inches of your groin, the sudden swelling of one leg or an injection site, the formation of ulcers around the injection site, spontaneous bleeding, or a rash. Although rare, these side effects can develop, so it’s important to notify your vein specialist right away. For more information about after care instructions for sclerotherapy, please call 623-201-4777 or visit the Forms section of our website to download a set of instructions.
- Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive injection therapy that treats spider veins and small varicose veins with a saline solution.
- This medical procedure forces blood to reroute through healthier veins, causing the damaged veins to collapse and be reabsorbed into nearby tissues.
- The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center explain what patients can expect after their sclerotherapy procedure.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
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For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!