Many men and women suffer from varicose and spider veins that are unsightly and can even be painful. Sclerotherapy for spider veins is a medical procedure used to help eliminate these unsightly veins. While not all may be eligible for this procedure depending on the severity of their vein disease, you can get a better idea on if you are a good candidate by setting up a consultation with Dr. Wright. Sclerotherapy is a clinically proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930s.
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution is most often a liquid detergent. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the vein to close. Over time, where the injection was placed, minimal scarring will occur, but the appearance of spider veins will be gone. Pregnant women or patients with certain medical conditions will generally not be considered for sclerotherapy but will be informed of other options.
The overall area and health of the patient needing treatment will determine eligibility for the procedure. In most cases of sclerotherapy, patients may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. The number of veins injected in one session varies, and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the medical condition of patient.