Treatment for Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Varicose veins and spider veins are types of veins visible under the skin.
Occasionally, these veins cause pain and discomfort. Sclerotherapy is
an effective treatment option that can be used to reduce varicose and
spider veins. Ask a vascular specialist from our team at Washington Township
Medical Foundation about this and other treatments for varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy has been used in treating spider veins and varicose veins
since the 1930s. It is safe and effective.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
In a sclerotherapy procedure, a solution is injected into the vein. This
solution irritates the blood vessel lining, making it collapse and stick
together, and making the blood clot. This causes the vessel to eventually
become star tissue that disappears and becomes no longer visible.
Can I Get Sclerotherapy?
If you have varicose or spider veins that bother you, speak with a vascular
expert from our team at Washington Township Medical Foundation about treatment options.
You will not be a candidate for sclerotherapy treatment if you:
- Are pregnant
- Are taking birth control
- Have had a blood clot
The procedure is quick and safe, taking between 15 and 30 minutes per session.
You should experience no more than a minute or two of possible discomfort
and cramping. Your doctor will make the call of how many veins may safely
be treated during the session. It is important to follow your doctors’
instructors for protocol before and after the procedure, including avoiding
aerobic activity for several days after the procedure is over.