Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.
What is Dysport?
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.
Am I candidate for Sclerotheraphy?
Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have an initial consultation with our RN who will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
You are not eligible if you are pregnant. You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis, and will depend on the overall health of the area needing treatment as well as the reason for the clot.
Veins that are potentially usable for future heart bypass surgery will generally not be considered for sclerotherapy, unless they are already deemed unusable.
How Sclerotherapy Is Done?
In most cases of sclerotherapy, the solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
How many veins are treated?
The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.
Who performs sclerotheraphy?
Sclerotherapy is performed in the office by a certified RN and requires that you do not do any aerobic activity for a few days after the procedure.
What do do after Sclerotheraphy?
Downtime varies by patient. You must also wear compression socks for several weeks following your treatment.
What to Do Before Sclerotherapy?
Prior to sclerotherapy, you should avoid certain medications. During consultation talk to your nurse about all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and dietary supplements) you are taking. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.
We recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy. Tylenol, however, should not affect this procedure.