What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment that effectively removes smaller varicose or spider veins. It’s an outpatient, walk in-walk out procedure that has a minimal recovery time with few to no symptoms and side effects afterward. We offer sclerotherapy treatment at El Paso Varicose Vein Laser Treatment Center to help anyone suffering from bothersome varicose veins.

What Does Sclerotherapy Entail?

During sclerotherapy, a medical specialist trained in sclerotherapy injects a chemical solution into your veins, on your leg. The solution, of which the intensity and consistency depend on the size of the vein being treated, causes the blood in the vein to collapse. The clot is then reabsorbed and the vein is effectively removed from your body. It sounds a lot scarier than it really is. In reality, you may experience mild discomfort and pain during the procedure, but it is safe and generally comes with no side effects.

There are two safe, FDA approved solutions that can be into your veins. The first is sodium tetradecyl sulfate and the second is polidocanol. The sodium tetradecyl sulfate is a detergent while the polidocanol is Asclera, a drug used to treat varicose veins.

What Are Possible Side Effects?

After sclerotherapy, you may notice skin discoloration, swelling, blisters, and hive-like skin irritations. These shouldn’t be a cause for concern and should remedy themselves within a short amount of time or with over the counter drugs.

Other, more serious side effects include allergic reactions, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and nerve damage, which may cause complications immediately or later on. Your doctor will address these issues up front so you are completely aware of the risks associated and what you may be at risk for based on your health history.

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What Does the Recovery Period Look Like?

After receiving the treatment, you may experience mild pain and discomfort around the area for roughly a week. After the procedure, you may resume usual activity and we encourage our patients to walk around after the procedure to increase blood flow and decrease swelling. For three to four days after the procedure, you will need to wear a compression stocking. You’ll also want to avoid strenuous activity and intense exercise for a few weeks after.

Vein Care in El Paso

If you are in the El Paso area and need treatment for your varicose and spider veins, El Paso Varicose Vein Laser Clinic can help. Call us today for more information.