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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sclerotherapy and Your Leg Veins

Sclerotherapy is the perfect choice to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. Using a very small needle, a medication is injected into the treated vein. The medication causes the vein to seal and shrink over the course of two to five treatments and eventually disappear. There are three options when it comes to sclerotherapy, all of which I discuss in-depth with each patient before treatment.

Liquid Sclerotherapy, the option that works best for treating spider veins, involves directly injecting the medication into the target vein. We often use either glycerin or Asclera and a tiny 32g needle which causes only the most minimal discomfort. There is no post procedure restriction, though patience is needed as the veins require a number of weeks to resolve.

Foam Sclerotherapy is occasionally used to treat slightly larger varicose veins. This therapy involves mixing the injected medications, either Sotradecol or Asclera, with air or an alternative gas to create a stronger, foam solution before injection. It is very well tolerated, though there are certain complications you need to be aware of prior to its use. The Venefit Procedure is the best way to treat venous insufficiency in other leg veins.

Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy is designed to treat veins below the surface of the skin. The injections are guided, observed and administered using ultrasound technology.

Be sure you discuss these treatment options with an experienced phlebologist, preferably one certified by the American Board of Phlebology.


Benenden Hospital said...

A great article giving insight into the initial signs of varicose veins and treatments available.

Great work.

Dr. Rosenberg said...

Thanks for the comments. We are trying to educate our patient base as to the best varicose and spider vein treatment options.

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