What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment option for spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting an irritant medication (called “sclerosant”) into the abnormal veins. This causes the vein to seal and eventually be absorbed by the body.
How is Sclerotherapy performed?
Sclerotherapy treatment sessions are performed at Sunshine Coast Vascular, and are “walk in, walk out” and usually last 30-60 mins.
Different techniques for administering the sclerosant are used depending on the size and location of the vein. Veins that are very close to the skin are accessed directly with a very fine needle. Deeper varicose veins are precisely targeted using ultrasound guidance. Multiple injections are often needed along the length of longer varicose veins.
Often the sclerosant is mixed with gas to form a very fine foam. This improves the effectiveness of the treatment, and also enables the sclerosant to be visualised on ultrasound so it’s delivery can be more precisely controlled.
At the completion of treatment a compression stocking is applied to the leg. This is a very important part of the treatment, and is usually worn for 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the veins injected. After going for a half an hour walk, you can return to normal day to day activites.
You can drive to and from the treatment, and return to work if needed.