Your varicose veins aren’t just unsightly – they might hurt. Although there are various techniques available for getting rid of this gnarly veins, an oldie but goodie remains one of the best ways to eradicate these ugly blood vessels. For decades, sclerotherapy has eliminated varicose veins via a non-surgical procedure involving minimal downtime.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure. Your doctor injects a saline solution directly into the vein. This material irritates the vein, eventually causing scarring. This forces the blood in the vein to “reroute through other, healthier veins,” according to Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic. Over time, the treated vein collapses and is then absorbed into nearby body tissues and disappears. While used primarily for cosmetic reasons, sclerotherapy effectively stops pain and swelling in the affected vein.
The overwhelming majority – up to 90 percent – of sclerotherapy patients end up with good results. The procedure doesn’t work effectively on only about 10 percent of patients. Those are good odds. The entire process takes place in your physician’s office. It doesn’t hurt and no anesthesia is necessary. From start to finish, the entire treatment usually takes less than an hour, and you can head right home afterwards.
Sclerotherapy has few, if any, side effects. You may experience some minor bruising or raised discolored areas, but these are gone within a couple of days. Since most sclerotherapy is performed on the legs, your doctor will recommend wearing compression stockings for the next few weeks.
You can resume most normal activities, although it is wise to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks. Your doctor will give you recommendations based on your level of condition and the procedure. Stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds. Sun exposure while you are healing can result in dark spots in the area. About a month later, your doctor wants to see you for another examination. For most patients, one sclerotherapy session is sufficient. Occasionally, a second treatment is required about six weeks after the first.
Treated veins don’t disappear instantaneously. Tiny spider veins are gone within a few weeks, as are small varicose veins. Large varicose veins may take a few months to disappear, but once they’re gone, they’re gone. For 90 percent of patients, it’s a permanent cure.
There’s no need to suffer embarrassment about the appearance of your legs due to varicose veins. Speak with your doctor about the benefits of sclerotherapy.
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