SCLEROTHERAPY


Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. It involves an injection of a solution/ sclerosant directly into the vein. The sclerosant damages the inner lining of the vessel which results in a clot that blocks the blood circulation of the vein beyond. These veins carry unoxygenated blood from the peripheral tissue back to the heart.

Sclerotherapy is an effective technique to obliterate or collapse veins. Other techniques include surgical removal of the offending vein, endovenous laser destruction (fiberoptic-transmitted laser light) and, for very small vessels, percutanous laser light or intense pulsed-light exposure are also effective.

This is a proven procedure which is been in use from 1930's

There may be some side effects which the patients can experience which are milder effects, such as itching which can last for one to two days after the procedure. Also may experience raised red areas at the injection site which would disappear in a few days. Bruising may also occur at the injection site which would last for several days or weeks.

  • During the sclerotherapy procedure, a health-care professional injects chemicals into smaller veins, which damage the inner lining and produce a clot. As the clot is reabsorbed, the vessel is permanently obliterated.
  • The choice of the chemical sclerosing agent and its physical form depend on the size of the vessel to be treated.
  • Treatment of the correct vessels can improve the symptoms of venous insufficiency.
  • Small superficial vessels are often destroyed for cosmetic reasons.