Sclerotherapy closes diseased veins by means of injecting a small amount of a chemical that is corrosive to the veins. This procedure has been in use for many years, and is effective on both varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is performed in-office. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately after treatment.
Ultrasound guidance offers additional precision. Dr. Muasher uses ultrasound imaging to guide injections and ensure that the responsible veins that are hidden beneath the skin are treated. Schedule an assessment with Dr. Muasher to learn more about whether this treatment is right for you.
Your Sclerotherapy Procedure
- The patient lies on their back with the legs elevated.
- Anesthesia is not typically required – the needle used for injections is incredibly fine and will not cause discomfort.
- Dr. Muasher inserts a sclerosant into the diseased vein.
- The sclerosant irritates the vein’s lining, leading to the vein swelling and blocking blood from flowing through it.
- After the needle is withdrawn, Dr. Muasher compresses and massages the area the spread the solution and prevent blood from entering the vein.
- Treatment typically takes less than an hour to complete.
- After sclerotherapy, patients should walk and move their legs around to prevent blood clots from forming and encourage healthy blood flow. Wearing compression bandages or stockings will also be necessary, as will be avoiding sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation.
- Over time, the vein turns to scar tissue and gradually disappears. Treated veins typically don’t come back, but new veins can always appear.
- About a month after your treatment, Dr. Muasher will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your results and determine whether additional sessions may be necessary.
Am I A Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
If you’re unsure about the best treatment option for your varicose veins, the best step is to arrange an assessment with a cardiovascular surgeon. Dr. Issa Muasher will perform a thorough examination and complete a venous duplex study. After these steps, he will know more about your veins and where there are currently issues, leaking veins or broken valves.
Sclerotherapy may be paired with other treatment options to achieve your desired results. Different patients will also require a different number of injection sessions depending on their case. If you’re ready to discuss details, schedule a consultation today to learn more.