Sclerotherapy - Overview
We want you to know more about sclerotherapy as it is a solution that is effective for treating spider veins and varicose veins. Here in our Ann Arbor and Brighton, MI offices we offer this treatment to you and can recommend its value. There are other ways of dealing with spider and varicose veins, so we’d like to meet you to discuss if sclerotherapy is for you. Give us a call at (734) 712-4310 for more information.
Sclerotherapy is a technique that can be used to treat spider veins and some varicose veins. This non-surgical procedure causes the destruction of veins by injection of a solution. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms for many patients who experience symptoms from leg vein problems. With this procedure, veins can be treated at an early stage to prevent further complications or worsening of the problem.
With regard to varicose vein treatment, we perform sclerotherapy alone for minimal varicose disease, and combine sclerotherapy with other procedures for advanced varicose disorders. Some offices only “inject” veins and don’t offer the surgical treatments needed. Physicians who are limited to treat varicose veins only by injection may not be able to offer the patient other treatment options such as surgical or endovascular methods.
How is sclerotherapy performed?
A fine needle is used to inject the veins with a small quantity of a solution containing substances which irritate the inner lining of the vein. In response, the veins close up, and disappear. The surface veins are no longer visible. The procedure itself causes minimal discomfort. Bruising or pigmentation may result, and generally fades in four weeks, but may last for months. Scarring is uncommon. The treatment is usually performed in a doctor’s office and usually requires multiple sessions.
What results can I expect?
The success of the procedure depends of careful assessment of the problem by the specialist. Various sizes of varicose veins and spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy. Patients undergo anywhere from one to six sessions per region, with 10 to 30 injections per session. A session typically involves treatment for approximately 30 minutes. Following sclerotherapy, patients can go back to work, travel, or mild exercise, and resume normal activities. Patients wear medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages for two weeks during the healing period to assist in resolution of the veins.
Will my insurance company provide benefits for this?
The majority of sclerotherapy procedures performed at this location are for cosmetic reasons rather than because of medical necessity. See our financial policies for further details.