What is Sclerotherapy?

If you are one of the millions of people who suffers from varicose veins or spider veins, chances are you have heard you do not have to treat your conditions unless they are bothering you. You might not like how your spider veins make your legs look, or you might suffer from chronic leg pain, swelling, cramping, or heaviness as a result of varicose veins. If so, you may choose to pursue a varicose or spider vein treatment such as sclerotherapy. If not, you may let your vein issues go untreated.

As we discussed in our last post on chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins and spider veins can lead to more serious circulatory complications in the legs. Thus, even if your spider veins or varicose veins are not currently causing you cosmetic embarrassment or physical discomfort, we recommend that you have them examined and treated before they contribute to larger vein issues.

At Summit Skin & Vein Care, we offer a number of treatment options for varicose and spider veins, including sclerotherapy. But what exactly does sclerotherapy entail?

What is Sclerotherapy?

Literally translated as “hard therapy,” sclerotherapy is a process used to treat varicose and spider veins. During the procedure, the vein specialist will use a tiny needle to inject a medication into your vein. The medication, called a sclerosant, is designed to irritate and harden the vein lining, which causes the veins to break down and disappear.

Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy

What is Sclerotherapy | Kansas City

In ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, a medical professional monitors the vein being treated on an ultrasound screen, allowing treatment of veins that are deeper and would otherwise need surgical removal.

Sclerotherapy Recovery

After your sclerotherapy session, you will need to wear a compression stocking for seven days. You should walk frequently, as this will make your legs feel better, and you will be able to return to work immediately.

Get Sclerotherapy in the Kansas City Area

You can receive sclerotherapy treatment for your varicose or spider veins from a phlebology expert like Summit Skin & Vein Care.

Contact us at (816) 533-4398 today for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Comments

  1. I did not realize that sclerothera was related to varicose vein treatment. It seems likes this is a pretty popular filed right now. I can see a lot of the ladies getting this procedure done at some time or another.

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