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Suffering from leg pain, swollen veins or other symptoms that leave you feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious? You’re not alone! An estimated 30-60% of adults develop varicose veins or spider veins, regardless of gender.
Sclerotherapy is just one of the options we offer as treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The vascular specialists at Metro Vein are trained to provide safe, minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed right in our offices, and our vein doctors are always happy to work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins and smaller varicose veins is considered the gold standard treatment in the field of vascular medicine. Often used to treat malformed blood vessels, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids, this procedure normally takes about ten minutes to perform, and multiple sessions may be required to achieve full clearance of all problem veins and a complete, cosmetic result.
During sclerotherapy, your doctor will inject a medicated sclerosing solution into your affected blood vessels. This immediately causes the veins to close down and begin to be reabsorbed into your body. Some larger veins can be treated with duplex ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. In this procedure, ultrasound is used to map and visualize the veins, allowing your physician to monitor the injected solution. Foamed sclerosing solutions are also often used in larger veins, as this gives the solution a larger surface area and thicker consistency.
While some patients describe some brief, minor discomfort, sclerotherapy recovery is extremely quick, and the procedure is completely safe.
Sclerotherapy is only sometimes covered by insurance, so it’s best to check with your provider before proceeding with treatment. Metro Vein Centers accept most insurance providers, including Medicare.