Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a common problem among people who pass a lot of time standing up or walking. They are enlarged veins that appear near the surface of the skin. For most people, they could be only a cosmetic problem, although they can get painful and lead to more serious circulatory problems.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure meant to treat Varicose veins. In this procedure, the doctor will inject a chemical (sclerosant) into a varicose vein to damage it, scar the inside lining of the vein, which closes the vein. It can take from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the number of veins to treat and their extension.
This procedure can be used to treat from small spider veins to large varicose veins.
What to expect
The injection procedure can be painful and cause cramps for a few minutes, but it will go away quickly. After the session, you’ll need to wear compression stockings for several weeks to prevent the blood from returning to those veins when you stand up.
Depending on the number of veins to treat you may need several sessions to treat them all.
Sclerotherapy doesn’t require recovery period as you will be able to walk after the treatment. The only requirements are:
-Walk every day for no less than 10 minutes.
-Avoid extraneous exercises for at least 1 week
-Don’t sit or lie down for too long.
-Don’t expose your legs to the sun for at least 2 weeks.
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