Compression Socks - 2

Updated on: August 18, 2014
Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is where an injection of a solution is placed directly into the problematic vein. This process irritates the lining of the vessel, forcing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. After the procedure it is necessary to wear compression socks to aid in healing and to keep the swelling down. With time, the vessel becomes scar tissue that fades from sight.

Buying Compression Socks

Your doctor will either have a supply of compression socks on hand or will recommend that you bring them with you. These can purchased at any medical supply store and even Wal-Mart carries a few brands. You should check with your physician to see what styles, brands, sizes that he or she recommends.


Sclerotherapy injection can be performed right in your doctor's office. In most instances, a 23 percent sodium chloride sterile solution mixed with lidocaine and heparin is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. Multiple leg veins can be treated at one session, depending on the size and location of the veins, and your overall medical condition.

Insurance Coverage for Sclerotherapy

Insurance does not cover sclerotherapy costs when treatment is done for cosmetic reasons. However, if you have a medical condition caused by problematic veins, your insurance company may cover the cost provided your physician provides a letter stating the reasons for the treatment. You should contact your insurance provider to verify coverage before you consider treatment.

There are numerous cosmetic surgeons in the your area who are innovative in their vein treatment procedures. If you are experiencing problems with spider and varicose veins you can find a vein treatment center in your area now.

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