Sclerotherapy Treatment in Sioux Falls, SD & Sioux City, IA
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. Once injected into the vein, the solution causes the blood vessels to swell and stick together. The blood clots, the vein becomes scar tissue and collapses. Over time, the scar tissue fades away.
The typical treatment lasts approximately 20 minutes depending on the size of the targeted area.
After your Sclerotherapy Treatment, the varicose or spider veins should fade away within a few weeks. To completely eliminate the targeted veins, patients may need additional treatments spread out over several weeks.
After the procedure you will be asked to wear compression stockings for 1 week or longer. The stockings can help reduce bruising and help keep the treated veins closed, which will contribute to the success of the procedure.
Walking or mild exercise is helpful to increase blood flow but you should avoid intense activities for the first 24 hours. In most cases, you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (Chemical Ablation)
If you have Varicose Veins just below the skin’s surface, this simple procedure might be right for you. An FDA-approved medication is injected into the diseased veins using an ultrasound to guide the placement of the medicine directly into the vein. The medication causes the veins to collapse and die. This requires no anesthesia or sedation and you can return back to work immediately.
If you’re pregnant, you are not a candidate for Sclerotherapy. If you’ve had a blood clot in the past, eligibility will be decided on a case by case basis.
Spider Veins are usually treated with a tiny needle that injects solution into veins, causing them to collapse so that they are no longer visible. Generally, normal activities can be resumed immediately after Sclerotherapy. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to assist in resolution of the veins.