Varicose veins are not only unsightly, they can even cause health issues if they are allowed to get too large. The best way to prevent this problem is to have them removed while they’re still small. A treatment method known as sclerotherapy is very effective at doing so.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a saline solution into the vein using a tiny needle. This solution causes the vein to thin and eventually disappear and be absorbed by the body. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, but in some rare instances an overnight stay may be needed. You might feel a bit of a burning sensation as the injection is administered, but this will quickly dissipate. The entire procedure only takes about 30-45 minutes.
Preparing for Your Procedure
You’ll need to have a detailed discussion with your doctor in order to make sure you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. For example, you need to disclose any medical conditions you may have or any illnesses you’ve recently dealt with. You also need to let your doctor know if you are allergic to any sort of medications used in anesthesia, or if you have an allergy to contrast materials, or dyes. You might need to stop taking aspirin or over-the-counter pain medications for a certain period of time. If you’re taking antibiotics, you may need to discontinue them for a while.
Don’t put any lotion on your legs before or after the procedure, and wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your appointment. A pair of shorts would work nicely.
Dr. J. Hopkins has a great deal of experience and a long track record of success with the sclerotherapy procedure. However, it is very important to note that sclerotherapy only works on small varicose veins. Larger veins need to be removed through other methods. If you would like to learn more or schedule and appointment, please contact us online or call 972-298-6641.