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What is the difference between reticular veins and varicose veins? (1 answer)
I have greenish veins near the surface of my inner thigh. I can feel them and they bulge a bit at times. Are they reticular or varicose veins? According to tests, the insufficiency of my gsv is greater than 2 per sec. at the junction. I was told that I'm not ready for ablation yet. How do I know when I'll be ready for treatment? Could I have sclerotherapy in the meantime? If so, would it rid these ugly veins?
My legs burn, ache and are swollen after sclerotherapy, why is this? (0 answers)
I had 3 mini-sclerotherapy treatments 4 weeks apart. Since my last session 8 weeks ago, my legs have been burning and aching. They've also become swollen. Just as bad, the spider veins didn't even disappear. They have multiplied and are bigger, more purple more visible. It feels like pins and needles all over my legs, not just he injection spots. I had no pain in my legs before. Duplex scan is normal. Doctor used VeinLite. Why is this happening?
Why would legs still tingle/burn 10 days after spider vein treatment? (1 answer)
I had sclerotherapy behind knees and above my ankles for cosmetic reasons. Wore compression hose for 7 days. Ten days post-treatment, I have continuous tingling/burning in both lower legs and feet. No obvious signs of clots or redness. I did not have any symptoms prior to treatment. Why is this happening?
Can sclerotherapy for spider veins cause generalized joint pain? (7 answers)
I had spider vein treatment one week ago above the ankles and behind both knees. I now have general feeling of inflammation in my joints, including my upper body such as fingers and wrists. Wondering if treatment triggered something? No clot sx.
Do I have a blood clot? (2 answers)
I had schlerotherapy on my left upper thigh yesterday and wore my knee-high hose to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible pain in my left heel. It was also red. Got back in bed and it went away. Could this be a blood clot?
Is it safe to perform sclerotherapy on the arm veins? (6 answers)
My right arm (where IV is taken) has very visible blue veins. They are not bulging but it looks quite unattractive. Most Drs I saw said they can't treat the arm due to the IV need, but my left arm can be used for this. Is it safe to perform sclerotherapy on the arm veins? Why would a doctor refuse to perform the procedure when only one arm is needed for IV?
What could be done if my doctor possibly injected the wrong vein? (10 answers)
My Dr performed ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy on one of my great saphenous veins. It has been months and the vein hurts all the time. It feels like I have pitching inside my leg, and it is like I have a tight rubber band inside near the treated area. Is it possible he treated a good vein?
My leg looks worse after sclerotherapy, why is that? (2 answers)
My first sclerotherapy procedure was 2 years ago, and I have VNUS closure prior. I was happy with the results until now. After my last sclerotherapy procedure 2 months ago, one of my legs looks worse than ever. It suddenly got worse. Why is this happening? What can I do? Help!
What size veins are ideal for sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
What are reticular veins and what is meant by grade 2? I know what bulging varicose veins are, and I don't have those. However, I have green/blue veins close to the surface that are causing minimum symptoms. I have red spider veins, too. What size veins are ideal for sclerotherapy?
Can I remove my compression stockings to walk on the treadmill? (12 answers)
It's been 5 day since my 3rd session of sclerotherapy. Can I remove my hose to walk on the treadmill? Otherwise, they keep sagging around my knees. I've been measured for the compression stockings, but always have issues with them staying up.
Why would cellulite develop after sclerotherapy? What should I do?! (9 answers)
I had one treatment of slerotherapy on both legs (actually I think it was a double treatment in one) about 8 months ago. Right after the procedure, I noticed patchy swelling. I thought it would get better, but now I'm stuck with cellulite! Why did this happen? What can I do about it?
Why can't I take ibuprofen during treatments? (11 answers)
I am having trouble walking without limping due to the soreness of the injection sites. If I take ibuprofen (400 mg) once or twice a day, it aids me in my walking. Otherwise, I just want to lie down and not move! I am told to walk without limping but it is virtually impossible to do so without at least 400 mg.
Are the green veins that I have throughout my body normal? (12 answers)
I have a lot of green veins on my legs, calves, even my arms and other parts of my body. Are those on my legs reticular veins, or could they be normal veins? They are very obvious. I never had them until my pregnancy last year. I have delivered 1 year ago.
How do I prevent recanalization of large veins following sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
To treat my varicocele I had sclerotherapy with polidicanol 5% to close the large veins. Days later, I got the flu. I am worried that my heavy cough and anti-inflammatory vegetarian diet will cause the veins to recanalize? Should I be worried? How do I ensure the veins remain closed?
Are large facial veins treatable with sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
I've been seeking out a laser center and plastic surgeon in Dayton who will treat my large facial veins, but with no success. They've informed me that operating on large veins near the eye socket/cheek bone area is risky. Any thoughts? Can my facial veins be treated?
What are the long-term risks associated with sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
I read an article that stated that sclerotherapy used to treat spider veins could lead to valve incompetence in healthy veins as the sclerosant can leave the treated area and disperse throughout the venous system, thereby damaging healthy valves. Is this really possible? What are the long-term risks associated with sclerotherapy?
Should I have been given anticoagulants after sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
I was treated for a large vein that was pressing on the ankle region and causing a chronic ulcer. I have a history of bilateral deep vein thrombosis (DVT), post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) 80% occlusion in thighs, open deep veins with no valves in calves. A week after the procedure, I developed DVT. Should I have been given anticoagulants after sclerotherapy?
Can sclerotherapy treat varicose veins that have been scarred due to old clots? (12 answers)
I have seen two vascular surgeons. Both said that my varicose veins have been scarred due to old clots and that EVLT or VNUS closure may not be possible. One suggested ligation, while the other recommended compression hose and possible sclerotherapy. These options would be on the table if my condition has not changed by the next appointment. What is best?
Which is better, foam sclerotherapy or liquid sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
I am so excited to finally rid my hands and arms of bulging veins from thin skin. I understand some risks are involved bubbles from a small amount of sclerosant foam can appear in the heart or brain, a gas embolism or stroke. Which is best, foam sclerotherapy or liquid sclerotherapy?
How much sodium tetradecyl sulfate in the body is safe? (12 answers)
I have numerous visible blue veins on chest, arms, hips and legs. My sclerotherapist said these can all be injected with sclerosant in one day. Is it safe to have that much slerosant in my body at once? Also, I am battling thinning hair. Could that make it worse?
Is foot pain normal after Sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
I had sclerotherapy in the right leg 5 days ago. Last night I had foot pain and couldn't stand on the foot. Today is better but it still hurts. I called my doctor and he said the spider veins treated were superficial and could not cause this foot pain. Should I trust him?
Can you use sclerotherapy to get rid of dark under-eye veins? (13 answers)
I have very dark veins under my eyes and cannot seem to find a doctor who will use sclerotherapy to get rid of them. They either want to do lasers or surgery, which is too expensive! Do you recommend sclerotherapy in the eye area?
Will successfully treated spider veins just come back again? (16 answers)
I understand that it's possible to develop NEW spider veins in time, but I'm wondering if the spider veins you already treated successfully will simply come back again (i.e. schlerotherapy isn't permanent and only "fades" the veins for a limited time)?
What should I do when sclerotherapy didn't work? (14 answers)
I have had $2000 worth of sclerotherapy done on my legs and I still have a ton of spider veins. I have not worn shorts or a bathing suit in seven years. What other options would you suggest for someone with severe spider veins?
Should my spider veins disappear after four sclerotherapy treatments? (12 answers)
I have had four treatments of sclerotherapy and one treatment of laser on my legs. One area on the inside of my knee still has dark red veins visible. Will this improve post-treatment? It has been 6 weeks since my treatments, and my nurse said if this doesn't work they may need to change the serum.
Is it normal for my legs to hurt after sclerotherapy? (14 answers)
I went to get a laser treatment, but the doctor said it was too painful and that I should have sclerotherapy instead. Two days after the procedure, my legs began hurting everywhere, especially in my ankles. It has been a week and my legs still hurt. Is this normal?
Can I do yoga after the sclerotherapy? (20 answers)
I had sclerotherapy on 4.19.12 on both legs. I stopped wearing compressing stockings after 2 weeks as recommended by my doctor. I walk whenever possible but would like to do my yoga also. Will yoga be harmful for the veins?
Are bruising and darker veins normal sclerotherapy results? (25 answers)
I have done my first sclerotherapy treatment two weeks ago. I have healed from most bruising but I feel that the veins are now darker and more visible. Is that normal? I had to be in the sun recently, but used a lot of sunscreen and covered my legs with a long skirt.
Should my legs ache 4 weeks after sclerotherapy? (11 answers)
I had sclerotherapy almost 4 weeks ago. My legs now ache and feel heavy as soon as I get up in the morning. I have been wearing support knee highs. How long should this last? Legs didn't feel this way before sclerotherapy.
Blood Poisoning/Nerve Damage from sclerotherapy (8 answers)
Following 2 recent sclero treatments for spiders, I have had horrendous backaches and numbness/tingling. This last time I have developed a large, bumpy, red groin rash. Any connection?
How many injections are needed per vein for Sclerotherapy? (17 answers)
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.
Must bandages be used after procedure? (9 answers)
I have had Sclerotherapy done on my spider veins in my legs every year from 2004-2009. This was in AZ. After the procedure I would wear compression pantyhose (my own,support pantyhose) for 24 hrs. I have always had a great result.Is this acceptable?
If there is no visible inflammation, did sclerotherapy work? (7 answers)
I had sclerotherapy in a vein on my calf 3 days ago. I thought the vein was supposed to look worse or that I should have some inflammation, but things have not changed much, except for a tiny dark spot. Does this mean the sclerotherapy did not work?
How much is too much sclerotherapy (8 answers)
I've had laser treatment of my left and right front saphenous veins and my left back saph vein. The follow up to this is Sclerotherpy to close off some branches. I had three injections on the right leg and seven on the left. He wants to do more. Should I ?
bulging calve veins after 2 yrs intense leg workout (7 answers)
I have low body fat,several veins now pop-out in my calves all the time now for the past 2yrs, stopped working-out my legs as well. Will sclerotherapy guarantee me that those exact veins will not bulge or pop-out or do I need a different procedure?
Injections (9 answers)
I want to inject some minor veins/spiders, they are branches of a great sph. vein that is now closed; but doctor won't inject ANY veins before closing sph. vein on the calf first,but I prefer not to touch it as it's not symptomatic. Any 2nd opinions?
Post scleratherapy edema (5 answers)
I had 3 sclera sessions over 5 weeks. After the 3rd one, the saph vein in the lower leg was accidentially blocked. Now I am getting a large indentation, just above the ankle where the sock is. Why the swelling? Should saph vein be treated?
Veins on my ankles and the back of my legs (5 answers)
About a year ago I have large veins taken care of and the scelerotherapy done on spider veins. Now I have bunch of veins all around my ankles and some back on my legs. Is it because I laid in the sun when I was a teenager all the time?
Blue visible veins all over my body? (3 answers)
I recently just noticed that all of my veins are visible all over my body, including a few in the chest area....is this normal? I'm currently on Accutane too.
Trapped blood keep coming back in my varicose veins (4 answers)
I had EVLT followed by sclerotherapy for my variocose veins. I developed large amounts of trapped blood in the treated veins. How many times should you have to keep aspirating the blood. It keeps coming back after 4 attempts relieve hard lumps?
can sclerotherapy cause an eye infection? (6 answers)
I hand sclerotherapy on the backs of my hands. A few weeks after I got a really bad eye infection in both of my eyes that I have had for about 3 months and still have. Could it be related? Can the solution travel to my eyes? Thanks!
Dan sclerotherapy cause numbness in hands? (3 answers)
I had Sclerotherapy done on my hands. The doctor did many viens. My hands look great. But sometimes at night my hands feel numb or during the day one of my fingers feels numb. Is it temporary? Is it okay to have numbness? Thank you!
Medical Data to support repeat ultrasound quided sclerotherapy (3 answers)
My insurance carrier recently changed its policy. It used to grant 3 sclerotherapy sessions, now they state repeat sessions are not medically indicated. However, this is not listed in their policy on varicose veins. I need data to fight this.
Muscle Pain, Tendernous, and Spasms after Sclerotherapy (5 answers)
I had my right leg treated 4 days ago & since day 1 I have experienced muscle pain & tenderness in my calf. Occasionally, I have muscle spasms & today my ankle hurts as though it is sprained. It has been difficult to walk. Is this normal or serious?
Should I be worried about a dark purple vein that's still active? (3 answers)
I received sclerotherapy from a plastic surgeon's office for spider veins. The lady said a very visible dark purple vein behind my knee could not be treated because it is still an active vein. Should I be worried about underlying vascular problems?
Veins are still there after having sclerotherapy. (7 answers)
I have had 3 treatments of sclerotherapy at Kaiser because of leg pain associated with 22 years of teaching and standing. The ugly veins are still there and the doctor says to wear compression stockings and live with them. Do I have to?
Which veins get injected with sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
Which veins get injected with sclerotherapy for varicose veins treatment? Is it the bulging ones or the ones inside the leg that we don't see that are varicose? Thank you!
Sclerotherapy for labia varices? (3 answers)
I had a radiologist do sclerotherapy with x-ray dye for labia varices. Is it normal to feel hard rounded lumps deep into the labia post procedure. I feel the lumps are NOT LOCATED where the vein was.Will this resolve and how long does it take?
Is new vein development after sclerotherapy preventable? (3 answers)
After sclerotherapy, I always have a burst of new ones develop. Is this preventable? I used to have spider veins only on my thighs but they disappeared after having treatment only to be replaced by new ones on my lower legs (which looks worse).
Foam sclerotherapy following EVLT (4 answers)
I've had EVLT performed on both GSV's and both LSV's. How do you know if you need sclerotherapy foam on other veins and tributaries. Do these have to be incompetent to have this done? The EVLT was not performed on the lower portion of any of these veins.
Ulcer treatment options and healing duration to minimize scarring? (4 answers)
I had Sclerotherapy 3 weeks ago, and have an ulcer on the shin. It's closed but has an inflamed red border, uneven edge, dark black deep scab in center, a few mm depth (scab gets moist in shower, rub of danger). I'm treating it with: mepilex silicone bandaid and compression hose. Any other options? How long to heal? Will there be any scarring?
New large veins appeared after sclerotherapy. (3 answers)
I had sclerotherapy a week ago and I noticed that new large veins appeared that weren't there before, and that the treated ones haven't fully disappeared yet. Is it a side effect of sclerotherapy? What seemed to cause the problem? Thanks.
Treating an open wound from schlerotherapy (8 answers)
The Dr. re-injected a vein, and the solution didn't enter. The next day the injection site had blisters and then later drained onto the stockings. Two weeks later the open wound was treated with antibiotics, and four months later it's still open, ugly, dark, and keloidish. How would you treat the wound & the scar?
Painful spot and hematoma (6 answers)
I had sclerotherapy 1 week ago. Painful, swollen, hematoma(black) is blood trapped? There is also redness and new blue veins around the spot. Went to a dermatologist and he said it would take 2 months to heal. I'm afraid it wont heal nice and there will be pigmentation. Are there alternative treatment options?
Wound care for skin ulcer caused after the sclerotherapy (4 answers)
An ulcer formed after sclerotheraphy and got infected. I took antibiotics and it still wasn't healing right. The Dr. had to get in there and got rid of the bad tissue, but it's still bleeding a day later. It's bleeding through the unna boot and wrap. Is this normal?
At home remedies for pain in legs? (7 answers)
I had large veins done and also spider veins with 3 or 4 treatments about 1 year ago.
Now I am having sharp pains in the veins in my legs everyday. My legs are still very tender.
Any at home remedy for this, no money left.
Post sclerotherapy, extreme pain, posterior knees (4 answers)
If there was an untreated, localized ameoba infection, at the time of sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins, could this have caused ameoba cysts in knee, thus reason for ongoing pain still felt after almost two years later?
Doesn't seem ike the Sclerotherapy process is working lately (6 answers)
I've been to two vein removal places in Dallas for sclerotherapy. Lately, the process is not working.
The area has become darker and used to really only show up during my period. Now it's there all the time. I want to know if laser might work instead. It's becoming embarrassing to show my legs and I wear shorts a lot during the year.
I developed phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy in my great saphenous vein in my calf. (6 answers)
I developed phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy in my great saphenous vein in my calf. Why does my leg still ache several months after?
Foam was accidentally injected into my great saphenous vein (calf)causing phlebitis. The vein is shutting down but my leg aches all the time and I have lots of new veins in my foot and ankle that ache. Can my foot and ankle be treated?
Is this signs that Scelerotherapy did not work? (6 answers)
I had sclerotherapy on several reticular veins for the 2nd time about 1 month ago. At times the veins bulge during the day, but other times look flat. Is this part of the healing process or does this mean that the sclerotherapy did not work? Thanks.
Visible under eye veins (4 answers)
I have veins below my eyes that are very visible through the skin. Is this type of therapy an option? What would the risks be, and if this is not an option, what treatment do you recommend? It is a hereditary condition I have had all my life.
Should my legs look worse after Sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
I had 6 treatments of sclerotherappy one week apart. Much of the treatments were injecting "feeders". It's been over 2 months since my first treatment and my veins look worse. I have new quite dark veins that have popped up. What happened?
Is Sclerotherapy safe for people who bruise easily? (10 answers)
I haven't had it evaluated by a doctor, but I do bruise extremely easily and the bruise usually stays for at least three weeks, even for a minor bump. Is this something I should have checked before undergoing sclerotherapy?
Will alcohol affect my upcoming sclerotherapy? (8 answers)
I've heard that drinking can dilate blood vessels. Will this affect my sclerotherapy procedure? Should I stay away from alcohol for a certain amount of time? I normally have 1 or 2 drinks 3 or 4 times per week.
Is sclerotherapy safe during pregnancy? (21 answers)
While pregnant with my first child I've developed a large number of spider veins on my legs/thighs. Are spider veins more prevalent during pregnancy? Do they go away after delivery? Can I get sclerotherapy while I'm pregnant?
Can sclerotherapy be used on the wrists? (8 answers)
I have large, purple veins on the underside of my wrists that I'd really like to get rid of because they really show my age. Is there a safe way to do this?
Can sclerotherapy cause clotting? (9 answers)
If the chemical is injected directly into the vein and stops it up, couldn't the blood clot and cause problems? Is sclerotherapy safe if someone has a blood clotting disorder?