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Sclerotherapy

treating spider veins

This treatment is indicated for smaller bluish veins and spider veins. A special solution is injected into the abnormal vein to irriate, collapse and ultimately destroy the vein. The procedure is well tolerated. The number of treatment sessions is determined by your specific condition.

 

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Preparing for sclerotherapy

Before the procedure, a thorough physical examination is conducted by our staff. This examination includes a detailed assessment of your veins and an evaluation for any blood vessel diseases.

During this process, the provider will inquire about your medical history, focusing on pertinent factors such as recent illnesses, existing medical conditions (such as heart disease or a history of blood clots), allergies, and previous treatments for varicose veins along with their outcomes. They will also discuss any medications or supplements you are currently taking, paying special attention to aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, blood thinners, iron supplements, or herbal remedies.

It’s worth noting that certain medications, like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or blood thinners, may increase the risk of bleeding. If you are currently using any of these medications, a member of your healthcare team will provide you with detailed instructions on how and when to cease their usage before the procedure.

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Results from sclerotherapy

The positive outcomes of sclerotherapy for small varicose veins or spider veins typically manifest within 3 to 6 weeks, while larger veins may take around 3 to 4 months to show improvement. It’s important to note that achieving the desired results might require multiple treatment sessions.

Once veins effectively respond to treatment, they generally do not reappear. However, it is possible for new veins to develop over time.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the procedure, your healthcare provider may schedule a follow-up visit approximately one month after the initial treatment. Depending on your condition, additional sessions may be recommended. It is generally advisable to wait for approximately six weeks before considering another sclerotherapy session.

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