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I've seen advertising offering 50 injections for Sclerotherapy for what seems to be a very reasonable price. Since I don't know the surface area of veins that 50 injections could treat I can't ascertain whether this is truly a great deal. Thank you for your help.
50 injections? I have never heard of that. With each session, you can get injected with a certain amount of solution, but that depends on type of solution being used. If Asclera or Sotradecol, for example, the maximum amount would be 10-12 cc. Looking at pricing and choosing one that is exceptionally affordable does not constitute a good deal; rather, quality of work should be a priority. Find a board-certified doctor who is skilled and who give an accurate diagnosis. Then, trust his judgment.
This makes no sense to me either. I charge by time.
Sclerotherapy experience and technique are far more important than the number of injections or syringes used. Sometimes only one or two injections are needed for a large vein, while dozens of injections may be
required to treat a stubborn patch of fine spider veins. You are wise to consider all angles.
Depends on the vein, but generally 50 injections will cover a lot of veins.
I recommend seeing a board-certified vein specialist to obtain the best treatment, since you are shopping advertising for this service. They ought to explain to you how sclerotherapy works and what should be injected and how. Typically, abnormal veins should be injected, as many as there are, for a session price. It varies, and I have seen anywhere from 10 to 100 injections done in one session. You should get all veins treated from top of thigh to ankle in your session. A better question is how many sessions will you need since not every vein will close 100% with one session.
The number of injections depends on if the veins are spider or varicose. Usually, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy takes 1 or 2 injections to get the drug completely inside the vein, but spider vein are different and may call for more than 1 or 2 injections per vein. Typically, the question you have is answered during the consultation period at the clinic you choose to have treat you. Make sure the physician is accredited/board certified.
50 will cover most spider veins on both legs.
In truth, to say "50 injections for a certain amount" can be a bit deceiving. Every time the needle of the syringe is inserted into the skin and sclerosing agent is infused is considered an "injection." When treating small spider veins, it is quite possible that a single syringe can be used for as many as 15 - 20 injections. I trust you see my point. In all events, I would caution you to not be too overly impressed by a statement like "50 injections for sclerotherapy." One might also be inclined to ask, exactly what is the cost of a single sclerotherapy treatment? Also, how many treatments does the vascular surgeon (or provider) estimate it will require to achieve the desired results? You may also want to find out what type of sclerosing agent this particular provider uses as there are several, each with certain side effects and considerations. Additionally, it is wise to know what the provider's post-procedure protocol is. Remember, knowledge is power and the more you know about a minimally invasive procedure, such as sclerotherapy, the greater the chances that the results will be both positive and satisfying.
I do not think this is a good deal. Vein treatment is very individual and more than one modality can be used in combination for maximum effect (i.e. topical laser and sclerotherapy). I would seek a second opinion from an experienced vein treatment surgeon to ascertain what is most appropriate for you.
Every vein treatment doc quantifies what "1 session" is differently. Some docs charge for time, others the amount of drug used, and I guess in the guy you are seeing, a number of injections. That being said, how many treatments you really need to accomplish what you are looking for goal-wise, is really dependent on how much vein disease you have on each respective leg. The more you have, the more treatments or injections you will require. One thing you want to make sure of is that your leg does not have anything abnormal on the inside, because if you do, you really need to address that problem first before any surface treatments are done. Internal problems if left untreated, can often reverse any treatments done on the surface...thus wasting your money. Also, internal problems can often be seen by insurance companies as a medical condition. In turn, your insurance may actually pay for your treatment.
I charge per session, so I don't really know how many injections I'd perform per session.
A great question! It depends on the solution that is used (sclerosant) and modality. Most physicians who perform their own injection typically perform less injections as they isolate feeder vessels that may lie deeper than just superficial veins (depending on individual cases, of course). Cosmetic therapy, sometimes performed by parallel provider (nurse practitioners), may lead to more injections for the same area depending of vein size, etc. This is a difficult question to answer, and one size certainly does not fit all. Ultimately, you must decide based on the qualifications of your provider.
The real value is the knowledge and skill of the treating physician, and making judgements based upon dollars per injection is a good way to make a poor decision.
My best recommendation is not to look for price, but for value. Do they have experience? Who does the injection: an MA or a doctor? Can they show you results? What product do they use: saline or STS or polidocanol? Be careful. After all, it is still your body and they are injecting a drug in your veins.
The number of injections, as well as their cost, vary per vein clinic. For instance, our office charges $10 per stick of needle, with a minimum of $150.00
When I do sclerotherapy I average about 150 injections but I base my billing on amount of solution used. I do not think that paying per injection is a good deal.
The number of sections that you would need to treat spider veins depends on each person's response to sclerotherapy. Most of the time, you would need more than one treatment to achieve the desired result.