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 Vein Center of New Mexico
Seeking relief from spider veins is easy at the Vein Center of New Mexico, in Albuquerque with Dr. Ole A. Peloso, MD, FACS. As a full time practitioner of venous health care, Dr. Peloso offers years of experience in the medical field, serving as a private practitioner since 1969 in general surgery and vascular care. This Albuquerque varicose veins treatment doctor offers years of experience and education working in the medical field, offering state-of-the-art medical therapy for the treatment of unsightly and painful vein conditions. As Board Certified surgeon, Dr. Peloso has extensive experience working with minimally invasive as well as invasive medical techniques.
This Albuquerque varicose veins treatment clinic offers ambulatory care for venous conditions, as well as laser treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is also a treatment option at Dr. Peloso’s clinic. Dr. Peloso’s special interest in treating venous disorders began in 1990 and since then, he has opened the Albuquerque varicose veins treatment center, the Vein Center of New Mexico, where his primary focus is treating those with painful and unsightly spider veins and varicose veins. Having the desire to help those in needs of effective vein treatments has provoked Dr. Peloso to devote his many years of medical education into helping those who desire beautiful and pain free legs.