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Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment for both spider veins and average-sized varicose veins. This treatment uses a chemical injected into the troublesome veins to cause the blood to coagulate, inflamation to set in, and the vein to eventually collapse so that the blood supply is rerouted to healthier veins. One variation of sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, suspends the chemical in foam to provide greater adhesion to the vein walls.
Depending on the number of veins to be treated, a sclerotherapy session usually takes less than 30 minutes. After the procedure, the treatment site is wrapped in a bandage which applies pressure to control any bleeding and promote healing. Once treated with sclerotherapy, varicose veins do not come back.
Sclerotherapy is done on an outpatient basis and is only mildly painful. Other than the sting of the injection, some patients report some light cramping during the injection of the solution, but this quickly passes. Although all procedures have some risks, sclerotherapy has very few. Light bruising sometimes occurs around the affected area, and some patients have reported that freckling developed temporarily in the treatment area, but these both usually disappear within weeks.
With sclerotherapy, some patients may require several injection sessions for optimal results, but these are scheduled about a month apart. After finishing the treatment, the pain and unsightly appearance of the damaged veins are greatly improved. Patients report significantly smoother skin and little discoloration. Because these results are achieved without hospitalization or general anesthesia, sclerotherapy is a better choice than surgery for many patients. Patients also find recovery time is much shorter with sclerotherapy, and they are usually able to return to work within days.
About Hogue Vein Institute - Eden Prairie, MN
Hogue Vein Institute has been devoted to therapeutic vein care since 2004. Founded by Roger S. Hogue, MD, Hogue Vein Institute offers a comprehensive approach to therapeutic vein disease.
Most of our vein procedures are covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans. We use the most advanced technology in the industry to provide a minimally invasive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic varicose veins, all in a comfortable office-based setting. Our patients can be assured they are receiving the safest and best choice for vein care.
Our physicians are Board-Certified with the American Board of Phlebology, ARDMS certified as Registered Vascular Technologists, Members of the American College of Phlebology, and recognized by the American Medical Association as Vein Specialists. Physicians at Hogue Vein Institute are joined by an outstanding team of experienced nurses and vascular technologists specializing in vein care to ensure the highest quality medical care. Our physicians are among the most credentialed and experienced Vein Specialists in the country, having performed over 25,000 endovenous laser ablation procedures – the most of any medical practice in the regions we serve.
When selecting a Vein Specialist to treat your legs, choose Hogue Vein Institute – the Regional Leader in Vein Care. We proudly serve communities in Minnesota and North Dakota with convenient clinic locations in Mankato, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Burnsville, Moorhead, and Fargo.
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