Sclerotherapy is a common procedure that can be used to treat varicose veins or spider veins. If you are considering this procedure, it is important to learn as much as you can before you make your final decision. Below are five important things you should know before you decide to undergo sclerotherapy treatment for your abnormal veins.

1. It is minimally invasive.

Sclerotherapy does not require hospitalization or general anesthesia, but it is still considered a minimally invasive procedure. During sclerotherapy, your vein surgeon will use a thin needle to inject a special solution into your diseased veins. This solution will irritate the walls of the veins, causing them to swell and stick together. Eventually, the veins fade from view and any associated symptoms improve. Although the incidence of complications is low, any surgical procedure poses certain risks, such as a possibility of postsurgical infection.

2. It doesn’t produce immediate results.

The effects of sclerotherapy don’t appear immediately after the procedure. It takes some time for the body to reabsorb the diseased vein after treatment, so it may be several weeks before you see the full results of your procedure.

3. It’s versatile.

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both smaller spider veins and larger varicose veins. If a vein is difficult to see from the surface of the skin, your vein surgeon can use ultrasound guidance to visualize the vein and treat it with sclerotherapy.

4. It requires very little downtime.

Sclerotherapy does not require you to take time off work or spend days resting. In fact, most patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure is complete. However, you may be asked to wear compression stockings and/or avoid certain activities for the first few days after sclerotherapy. Talk to your doctor to find out more about your postsurgical instructions.

5. It may need to be repeated.

Sclerotherapy is typically effective at resolving the symptoms associated with treated veins. However, your surgeon may not be able to treat all of your abnormal veins during a single session. Likewise, if new abnormal veins develop in the future, an additional treatment will be required to eliminate these veins.

If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, please contact Metro Vein Centers to make an appointment.