Perforator vein in a leg

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins not visible to the naked eye and veins that make too many twists and turns for standard endovenous ablation procedures. Sclerotherapy is an office-based procedure that involves injecting a sclerosing solution directly into the problem vein. The solution irritates the vein’s wall. Over time, the vein turns into scar tissue, is absorbed back into the body and fades from view.

Sclerotherapy Procedure

Sclerotherapy takes less than an hour to perform. Problem veins are located and mapped using ultrasound or a special light. After the veins have been located, a tiny needle is inserted into the vein and a small amount of sclerosing solution is injected. Following the procedure a prescription strength compression stocking must be worn for a short time. You can continue most normal activities immediately.

A Highly Successful Procedure

Up to 80 percent of injected varicose veins may be eliminated with each injection session. As with all surgical procedures, there’s a small chance of complication associated with sclerotherapy.


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