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 Iron Mountain Vein
At Iron Mountain Vein in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Dr. Emma DiPonio has helped patients in the area find relief from varicose veins and spider veins through proven Iron Mountain vein treatments. There are several options available for those who seek treatment at this facility and those interested are encouraged to speak with a member of the medical staff for a complete list and to help determine which is right for them. A variety of different Iron Mountain vein treatments are available to help ensure that patients have ample selection when seeking treatment.
Some of the Iron Mountain vein treatments available at this facility include compression stockings, ELVeS, endovenous laser ablation, foam sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerofoam, varicose vein surgery and venous reflux exams. Each treatment performed at this facility is done so using proven equipment and materials and administered by a trained professional to help ensure patient safety and well-being throughout the treatment process.