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- Dakota Dunes/Sioux City is a Sioux City vein clinic equipped with some of the latest treatments and medical equipment in the industry. Among the treatments offered are compression stockings, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy. Many others are also available and patients should speak with a member of the medical staff for more information regarding these and other treatments. This Sioux City vein clinic understands the plight afflicting many patients suffering from varicose veins and spider veins. The medical team strives to provide excellent care and service to help these patients overcome these conditions.
The medical professionals on staff at this Sioux City vein clinic understand how painful and embarrassing that varicose veins may be for patients. Spider veins, while they do not cause any pain to patients suffering from the condition, may be just as embarrassing as varicose veins. This leads many patients to seek vein treatment at a reputable vein clinic in their area.