Sclerotherapy is a treatment to get rid of varicose veins. A chemical called a sclerosant is injected into the varicose vein. This causes the vein to close.
The procedure may cause some pain. The chemical that is injected may cause burning or cramping for a few minutes where the shot was given.
The procedure can take up to 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are treated and how big they are. You should be able to walk on your own after the treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Having a procedure can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and how to safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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