WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to eliminate spider and varicose veins. Through an injection of a solution, or “sclerosant,” directly into the vein, they seal. The solution irritates the vein lining resulting in the collapse of the diseased veins. These injections are used to closes off veins that have abnormal valves. Over time, the veins treated with sclerotherapy shrink and eventually are absorbed by your body. Blood flow naturally reroutes itself into healthy veins, which will improve circulation. By eliminating the root cause, we greatly reduce the symptoms of vein disease. Treatment will likely involve ultrasound (sonography) to map your venous system for diagnosis or to provide a live view of your veins. Physicians customarily utilize ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat larger varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can be used on its own, or sometimes is used in addition to Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). Below are some advantages of this technique:
- Safe: Complications are very rare
- Effective: Directly treats diseased veins to help symptoms of discomfort as well as improve the appearance
- Simple: This outpatient procedure takes minutes and you will up and walking right away
- Comfortable: Most patients find sclerotherapy treatments to be rather painless
Varithena is a brand of sclerotherapy (polidocanol) that is formulated to treat problem veins previously not amenable to sclerotherapy. This treatment is also covered by most insurance plans and takes very little time to perform with excellent results. More information can be found about Varithena by clicking HERE.