If your doctor has diagnosed you with varicose veins and told you the best treatment for your particular veins is something called sclerotherapy, you may be wondering what to expect. This week’s blog will go over just that topic so that you can know what to expect and so go into it relaxed and confident that this treatment of your varicose veins is just what you need.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins where the veins are injected with a saline-based fluid. It works by scar the vein, which causes it to collapse, the blood is drained (this is why you wear compression stockings), and the veins are essentially invisible thereafter.
Does it hurt?
Sclerotherapy is not a pain-free procedure; you will feel a sting or burning as the injections are being done and the inflammation caused by the solution does cause some pain. The compression stockings work to minimize this. You should expect some stinging as the scarring process occurs. You may also experience some tenderness that will last several days. Some bruising is also normal. Occasionally a self-resolving blood clot will form at the injection spot.
Do I need to wear something specific?
Getting dressed while wearing compression stockings or with your legs wrapped up will be easier if you wear loose fitting pants, such as sweatpants, or, if you are a woman, a maxi skirt.
What is the after treatment?
After your treatment you can get up and walk right away, in fact, you are encouraged to move in order to avoid clotting. You will need to wear compression stockings or tightly wrapped bandage for about two weeks after your treatment. You will also want to stay out of the sun as skin discoloration can occur, but as you will being wearing compression stockings or wraps, it is not a good time to go to the beach in any case.
Will it work the first time?
Whether you need a second or third treatment is entirely dependent on your individual veins and the severity of varicosity. It is possible you’ll need follow-up treatments, but it is possible you will not need more. Speak to your doctor at Venocure in Dearborn for a more specific diagnosis.
Why should I get the treatment?
- Many people get their ropey bulging varicose veins treated for cosmetic reasons, but there are other reasons, medical reasons to have your veins treated too.
- The first reason is that they are uncomfortable, or downright painful.
- You may have intensified pain and throbbing after standing.
- As you age, your skin thins and bulging veins can bleed or bruise.
- Pregnancy can also cause varicose veins as the weight of the baby impinges on the veins returning blood to the heart, and so it pools in the legs instead.
If you are interested in having your varicose veins looked at by a specialist in Dearborn or Brownstown, call today for an appointment. Beside sclerotherapy, we also have several other types of vein treatments. Check back for our next blog to learn about the other treatments we offer.