Minimally invasive treatment that closes off varicose and spider veins
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Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical procedure to treat varicose and spider veins. These conditions affect 20 percent of U.S. adults and, though mostly a cosmetic issue, can be painful or a sign of more serious problems. You may be a good candidate if other treatments haven’t worked or if your case is particularly severe.
Sclerotherapy is one of many proven treatments available from our Vein Program. Our doctors will work with you to relieve pain, prevent complications and improve your appearance by creating a customized treatment plan for your varicose or spider veins.
What to expect from sclerotherapy
Your doctor will clean the area in which the varicose or spider veins are located. The doctor will inject each vein with a solution that irritates it and causes it to swell shut. This blocks blood from being able to enter the vein. Over time, the vein will turn into scar tissue and fade away.
The procedure usually takes about a half hour, though it depends on the number of veins being treated. Your doctor will ask you to walk around afterward to help prevent the formation of blood clots. You should be able to resume your normal activities the same day or the day after the procedure.
Improve your appearance, decrease pain and prevent serious complications caused by varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and other venous conditions with minimally invasive treatment from our vascular team.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in which the veins in the legs malfunction and allow blood to leak backward, causing blood to pool in the legs and putting increased pressure on the veins.
Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot near the surface of the skin that causes inflammation of the vein, leading to redness and swelling.
Varicose and spider veins occur when the veins near the surface of the skin become enlarged and twisted.