Visual sclerotherapy is a procedure that is most commonly used when there are visible spider veins or small varicose veins that are near the surface of the skin. Its purpose is to eliminate these veins along with the discomfort they may be causing.
During a typical visual sclerotherapy procedure, a special solution is injected into the treated vein. This causes it to close off and shrink. It then turns into scar tissue that is absorbed by the body. The solution is typically a salt solution, and the procedure has been in use since the 1930s. It usually takes less than 30 minutes to do the procedure.
Individuals who have varicose or spider veins that they would like to see eliminated should have our experts evaluate whether or not they are good candidates to have visual sclerotherapy done. People in certain situations are not good candidates for this procedure. Women who are pregnant are not eligible, for example. In addition, any veins that could possibly be needed for bypass surgery, should it be needed in the future, will not be treated with visual sclerotherapy.
Before getting a visual sclerotherapy procedure done, individuals should seek information from our doctor regarding medications that should be avoided during the few days prior to having it done. Aspirin and ibuprofen are usually not allowed. If an over-the-counter medicine is needed for minor discomfort during this time, acetaminophen should be used.
There is no need for a hospital stay as a result of having a visual sclerotherapy treatment done. Patients can normally resume their normal day-to-day activities right away. They may, however, be asked by our doctor to wear a compression stocking for the few days following the procedure. Those who have already been wearing one for varicose veins or other reasons should let the doctor evaluate it to make sure the right amount of compression is still used afterwards.
Side effects from the procedure are usually mild. As with before the procedure, aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided for 48 hours afterwards. Other things to avoid during this time include hot baths, hot compresses, saunas and direct sunlight. Walking, however, is encouraged.
During a consultation at the Premier Vein Institute in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Riverview or Lakeland, you can get all the facts about visual sclerotherapy, including whether or not it is the best treatment for your veins. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.