Sclerotherapy is a non surgical treatment for varicose and spider veins which is performed in our clinic. Using a tiny needle, medication is injected. The medication irritates the vein walls so that they stick together and are gradually reabsorbed by the body. Eliminating these diseased veins actually improves the circulation and makes the legs healthier.
Depending on the type and severity of the varicose veins, the average number of treatments is anywhere between 3 and 5, however as many as 10 treatments may be required. The larger vessels only require a few (3 or 4) well placed injections with a stronger solution. They must be treated first. The smaller spider veins may require many points of injection using a weaker solution. The injections will be stopped at any time if the patient so requests. The number of injections is less important that the type of sclerosing agent used, its dosage, the site of the injections and the skill of the doctors and their staff.
Diagnosis starts with a careful history and physical exam. Diagnostic tests are often needed to evaluate the extent of disease. If treatment is indicated, each one takes about 20 minutes. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the problem.
Discomfort after treatment is rare. Most patients leave our office and go directly back to work. We recommend that patients walk for 20 minutes after each treatment.
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Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3E1