Ultimate Guide For Sclerotherapy

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Treatment of Vein Disease used to be complicated and surgery used to be the only solution. The innovation of cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques dramatically transformed the landscape of vein treatments. It has never been more swift, safe and simple to treat Vein Disease till now. Utilizing office-based procedures with ultrasound guidance have been proven to achieve the best results for patients.

What is Sclerotherapy?

The procedure of sclerotherapy involves injecting a medication (referred to as a sclerosant) into an unhealthy vein. The vein wall is slightly chemically damaged by the sclerosant, which causes the walls of the vein to adhere to one another and finally cause the vein to close. The circulation is therefore improved as the blood is redirected to veins with healthier valves. Spider and varicose veins are treated by sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a successful treatment for both small spider and larger varicose veins.

How is Sclerotherapy performed?

The affected leg is raised during the Sclerotherapy procedure to empty then vein, then the vein doctor injects the sclerosant into your varicose or spider veins using a tiny needle. We only utilize  FDA-approved sclerosants. Compression stockings are then utilized to put pressure on the veins after the sclerosant has been administered to stop blood from collecting in the unhealthy vein when you stand up. This sclerosant causes the blood vessel lining to disintegrate and the unhealthy vein to close. Unhealthy veins gradually develop scar tissue, which finally disappears to make the veins invisible.

Depending on the quantity and size of varicose veins treated, the procedure is carried out in a doctor’s office or clinic and lasts 10 to 30 minutes. Following sclerotherapy, your vein doctor will instruct you to wear medical-grade compression stockings for a few days.

Sclerotherapy just needs one injection in each vein, making the treatment almost painless. In the area where the injection is given, the sclerosant may temporarily produce a cramping or burning sensation. Depending on the size and degree of your varicose and spider veins, you may need more than one treatment. If the vein is located at the surface, your doctor can inject it under direct visualization. However, If the vein is deeper, Ultrasound is utilized to deliver the medication precisely.

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What are the risks and benefits of Sclerotherapy?

The main benefit of sclerotherapy treatment is that it doesn’t involve surgery, extensive preparation, or a long recuperation period. The procedure may be carried out in-office and doesn’t call for any kind of anesthetic. Another benefit of sclerotherapy is that it can be finished within 30 minutes, if not less. After the injections, there is no need for recovery time or relaxation, and the majority of patients discover that they may resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

On the other hand, there is no such a thing as a perfect treatment, and not every treatment is appropriate for every patient. The use of sclerotherapy has some drawbacks. The fact that the medication may not be effective in all people is one possible drawback. However, it is often prescribed for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy may need to be combined with other treatments such as radiofrequency ablation or VenaSeal in order to achieve the best results for patients with larger varicose veins.

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What are the types of sclerotherapy treatments?

There are two types of Sclerotherapy: Liquid Sclerotherapy and Foam Sclerotherapy. Each patient’s sclerotherapy regimen for varicose and spider veins is customized for their specific case depending on the size of their veins, desired treatment target and extent of vein disease.

Liquid Sclerotherapy is the preferred method for tiny spider veins. Liquid Medication is injected directly into the vein. On the other hand, Foam Sclerotherapy is the preferred method for larger varicose veins. This procedure involves creating a frothy, cream-like substance by mixing a small amount of liquid Medication and air. The bubbles in this foam allow the injected medication to cover larger surface area, making it more potent and effective, which is why it is preferred for larger varicose vein treatments.

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Is Sclerotherapy FDA approved?
Yes, both Liquid and Foam Preparations are FDA approved for vein treatments.

Treatments are basically pain-free procedure. We inject “numbing” medication (Lidocaine) at the site of needle insertion to avoid pain.

The best vein treatment for you will be determined by your vein doctor after your initial consultation, and a conversation about your specific goals when pursuing vein treatment. Some of the best treatments for varicose and spider veins include sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and VenaSeal.

Polidocanol is the preferred treatment solution. Polidocanol has a significantly better safety profile than hypertonic saline, sotradechol (STS), and glycerin.

Immediately. There is no required recovery time? You can come during your lunch break to obtain the treatment and return to work after 30 minutes !

After the initial treatment session, many patients experience noticeable improvement within 6 to 8 weeks. For the best outcomes, some patients will need two or three therapy sessions.

No treatment is suitable for every patient. Sclerotherapy is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, or suffer from active deep venous thrombosis, or active infection, or in bed ridden state.

The risks associated with sclerotherapy are very low. Most common side effect is local irritation or bruising at the needle insertion site. More serious but rare side effects are local skin damage or blood clots. Long-term negative effects are rare when competent sclerotherapy techniques are used.

Sclerotherapy can be used for cosmetic treatment or for medical treatment of venous insufficiency. Only medical treatments are covered by insurance. However, treating underlying often-undiagnosed venous insufficiency will correct cosmetic defects in most cases.

We are obsessed about patient experience and strive to provide the best care you can get. We will confirm your insurance coverage prior to your visit. Our staff will communicate with you to confirm your appointment. On the day of the visit, your doctor will gather your medical history and evaluate your complaints. Together we will devise a treatment plan for you. You may need an ultrasound on your visit to confirm the correct diagnosis. Then we will contact your insurance company to verify your out-of-pocket cost and obtain prior authorization. Once we have the green light from your insurance and you are fully aware of the costs, we can start the treatment procedures.