VASCULAR

MEDICINE

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins

Eliminate your varicose veins without surgery.

Results and duration

Duration: between 20-45’. 

Results: usually permanent and immediate.

What is it?

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins consists of the infiltration of medication (in liquid or microfoam form) in the varicose vein, causing an alteration in its internal wall which leads to fibrosis and subsequent closure of the treated varicose vein. This solution is totally effective, even in larger varicose veins.

How is it performed?

The first step is to take a medical history, which includes a series of questions and a physical examination. In addition, if the specialist deems it necessary, a Doppler ultrasound will be performed as well, to learn about the condition of the venous tree, and therefore, determine the pathology and varicose veins to be treated.

After the diagnosis, the treatment will be performed on an outpatient basis. It consists of the infiltration of medication, in liquid or microfoam form, in the affected vein. This vein, once treated and closed, over time acts as an internal scar, and is reabsorbed by the body.

Advantages

  • It is possible to treat all types of varicose veins, from spider veins to large varicose veins or even the saphenous vein.
  • This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
  • It is highly effective, safe and virtually painless.
  • No rest or medical leave is required. The client’s return to normal routine is immediate.

Areas of application

Veins in the legs.

Recommendations and care

  • You should walk for 20-30 minutes after the procedure.
  • Also, in some cases, the specialist may indicate wearing compression stockings for a certain period of time.
  • Applying a vitamin K cream, is recommended in order to facilitate the elimination of the bruises that may appear after the infiltration.

FAQs

What happens with the blood (circulation) that passed through that vein?

Varicose veins are veins that do not function properly, leading to the accumulation of blood in them, which impedes venous return. Because of this, the surrounding veins have already taken on this function. This treatment prevents these veins from failing, so they can function correctly.

What are the most common side effects?

The most common side effect is the appearance of some localized inflammation in the treatment area the first few days, and some bruising as a consequence of the infiltration in the vein.

Do the varicose veins grow back?

The treated vein is reabsorbed by the body, so it does not reappear. However, people who have a chronic venous disease have a higher risk of having other varicose veins over the course of their life. Therefore, a yearly check-up is recommended, as well as always following the recommendations given by the specialist in phlebology. 

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