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Sclerotherapy for Treatment of Varicose Veins and Vein Disease

At Aria’s Health and Wellness Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida, professionals at the Vein Center provide treatment for venous insufficiency, and varicose veins. Here at the Vein Center you will find experts in the field who use the latest treatment modalities to help you get relief from veins that are not functioning properly. Poor venous circulation can cause both unsightly varicose and spider veins as well as pain, swelling and fatigue, making it difficult to walk at times.closeup-of-legs-with-varicose-veins-l

Treatment for venous insufficiency and varicose veins goes back as far as the 4th century BCE when Hippocrates wrote about a metal instrument used to treat a clot in the leg. Sclerotherapy is one method to treat venous insufficiency, by injecting a medication directly into the vein and destroying it. The vein collapses and in a few weeks blood is rerouted to new veins. This method of treatment was first used in 1939 by Stuard McAusand, who treated over ten thousand patients using Sclerotherapy.

There are various types of medications that can be injected at the sight of the vein and your clinician will choose what’s most effective for you based on your treatment plan. If you choose to have Sclerotherapy at Aria’s Health and Wellness Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida It is important to follow all instructions given to you by your doctor to adhere to before and following the procedure.

Wear comfortable clothes, a pair of shorts or baggy pants the day of the procedure. Bring along loose fitting shoes as compression hose are immediately placed on the leg after the Sclerotherapy treatment is performed. The day of the procedure don’t shave or moisturize your legs.

Usually a long stretch bandage and compression hose are recommended to be worn after Sclerotherapy takes places. Compression hose is usually placed on the leg and to be worn for a day and night without being removed. The stocking will feel snug but your toes should be warm and able to move freely.

Compression hose is to be worn when out of bed for a period of 10-14 days for optimal healing and minimal bruising. Normal activities are encouraged and you need to allow 6-8 weeks for complete healing. Although you might experience some discomfort after the procedure it is essential to the healing process to walk daily. It will help reduce pain and promote healing.

There is a possibility of skin discoloration at the site as well as bruising, swelling and a tightening sensation of the skin. This is normal response to Sclerotherapy, and usually subsides in 2-3 weeks.

For a complete set of instructions speak with your Doctor so that you have a full set of instructions to follow before and after your Sclerotherapy treatment.

Sclerotherapy: What to Expect

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure designed to treat spider veins and varicose veins. This procedure can not only reduce or eliminate the appearance of these veins, but it can also relieve some of the symptoms associated with this condition, such as heaviness, pain, burning and tingling in the legs. This procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office without anesthesia. No hospital stay is required.

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