There are a number of treatments being developed today for spider veins and varicose veins. Most kinds of treatments are appropriate for one issue but not the other, but that’s not always the case. Smaller varicose veins may benefit from sclerotherapy, which can also be used on spider veins with a great deal of success. However, only some larger varicose veins can be treated with this procedure, because there is a limit to the size of the vein when it comes to effectiveness. With a doppler-guided option, though, larger varicose veins are also being removed through sclerotherapy. That is something that was not available in the past.
Is Sclerotherapy a Safe and Effective Option?
Generally, sclerotherapy is very safe. Like any procedure where a foreign item enters the body, there is a small risk of allergic reaction, bleeding, or infection. Those risks all need to be discussed with your vein doctor prior to treatment. If you have other medical conditions that make you a higher risk for problems with the treatment, you may need other tests before sclerotherapy can proceed. Even though it’s only minimally invasive, people who have problems with their blood not clotting properly, those who are very prone to infection, or anyone who is generally very unhealthy may not be good candidates in some cases.
In this procedure, a solution is injected into the spider vein or varicose vein the vascular surgeon wants to treat. This solution acts to close up the vein, which collapses. Once that happens, the vein is reabsorbed naturally by the body. That can take time, but improvement is seen quickly and will get better over a set period. Eventually, the vein will not be visible at all. This procedure works very well, and can help your legs look and feel great again. There is very little pain or discomfort for most patients, who feel that the benefits are well worth any minor discomfort they may feel during and after treatment.
Is the Recovery Period Long?
The recovery period after sclerotherapy is usually quite short, with most people resuming all of their normal activities within just a couple of days. There are cases, however, where it can take longer to recover. For example, people who have very physically demanding jobs, where they must be on their feet all day and/or lift heavy objects will generally need to spend more time recovering before returning to work. How long it takes to recover can also depend on how many veins were treated and the size of those veins, as a larger treatment area with bigger veins will require more recovery time than only one or two much smaller veins. Recovery is not difficult, though, and doesn’t require much more than some rest and a careful following of your doctor’s instructions.