Sclerotherapy is a procedure that effectively treats varicose and spider veins. This treatment is often performed to treat small varicose veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein which causes the vein to scar up and collapse, allowing blood to be rerouted through the healthier veins in the body. The collapsed vein eventually fades within a few weeks, although it may take up to a month to fully fade. Some patients may require several sclerotherapy treatments.
The treatment is done primarily for cosmetic purposes as it improves the appearance of spider and varicose veins. It also may help relieve symptoms of aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps. Those who are pregnant should wait until after pregnancy to undergo sclerotherapy.
There are risks associated with sclerotherapy and temporary side effects that may occur after the procedure is performed. These include bruising, raised red areas, small skin sores, and multiple tiny blood vessels. These typically disappear after a few days. Other side effects that can require treatment are inflammation, blood clots, air bubbles, and rarely, an allergic reaction.
If you are interested in sclerotherapy, contact the Oklahoma Heart Institute Center for the Treatment of Venous Disease, treating patients with peripheral venous disease including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and venous insufficiency. To schedule an appointment, please call 918-592-0999 or click here.