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How is sclerotherapy used to treat varicose veins?

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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Foam sclerotherapy

Varicose veins have been treated by sclerotherapy for years.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting the varicosites with a chemical that basically removes the inner lining of the vein causing it to spasm and clot off. Your body then gradually absorbs the treated vein. Often, ultrasound is used to guide the injection of the chemcial into the varicose veins.

In brief: Foam sclerotherapy

Varicose veins have been treated by sclerotherapy for years.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting the varicosites with a chemical that basically removes the inner lining of the vein causing it to spasm and clot off. Your body then gradually absorbs the treated vein. Often, ultrasound is used to guide the injection of the chemcial into the varicose veins.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Inflammation

A small amount of a chemical called a sclerosant is injected into the vein.
There are different types of sclerosants but they all do the same thing. They cause the vein to become inflamed. The inflammation causes the vein to collapse on itself, to seal off and, as a result, it is absorbed by the body and disappears. Usually it is recommended that compression stockings be worn afterwards.

In brief: Inflammation

A small amount of a chemical called a sclerosant is injected into the vein.
There are different types of sclerosants but they all do the same thing. They cause the vein to become inflamed. The inflammation causes the vein to collapse on itself, to seal off and, as a result, it is absorbed by the body and disappears. Usually it is recommended that compression stockings be worn afterwards.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treat surface veins

Varicose veins are usually related to poorly functioning veins below the skin, detected by ultrasound.
If present, the underlying veins should be treated before or at the same time as the surface veins. Sclerotherapy is the injection of medication into the unwanted surface veins in order to cause them to collapse and dissolve. Sclerotherapy is very technique dependent. See someone experienced.

In brief: Treat surface veins

Varicose veins are usually related to poorly functioning veins below the skin, detected by ultrasound.
If present, the underlying veins should be treated before or at the same time as the surface veins. Sclerotherapy is the injection of medication into the unwanted surface veins in order to cause them to collapse and dissolve. Sclerotherapy is very technique dependent. See someone experienced.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Robert Cuff
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Med destroys vein

Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a medication which is an irritant to the vessel.
The medication burns the inside of the vein and your body then destroys the vein. There are two different medications currently approved for sclerotherapy. Both are effective. Discoloration over the area is common for 4-8 weeks.

In brief: Med destroys vein

Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a medication which is an irritant to the vessel.
The medication burns the inside of the vein and your body then destroys the vein. There are two different medications currently approved for sclerotherapy. Both are effective. Discoloration over the area is common for 4-8 weeks.
Dr. Robert Cuff
Dr. Robert Cuff
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Sclerotherapy

A small needle is inserted into the abnormal cluster of veins & then medication (sclerosant) is injected into the veins. It causes a local reaction inside the vein that destroys the vein wall. The vein dies & the body's immune system gradually absorbs the dead veins. Often procedure is performed with ultrasound to help guide therapy.

In brief: Sclerotherapy

A small needle is inserted into the abnormal cluster of veins & then medication (sclerosant) is injected into the veins. It causes a local reaction inside the vein that destroys the vein wall. The vein dies & the body's immune system gradually absorbs the dead veins. Often procedure is performed with ultrasound to help guide therapy.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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In brief: Injury and healing

The agent causes a chemical injury/wound to the inner layer of the vein (endothelium) causing inflammation.
Like any other would (thermal, stab, gun shot) body heals injury and forms a hard scar tissue that should shrink and close the veins. ("sclera" in greek is "hard") for varicose veins up to 17% recurrence rates first year have been reported. Not the best option!

In brief: Injury and healing

The agent causes a chemical injury/wound to the inner layer of the vein (endothelium) causing inflammation.
Like any other would (thermal, stab, gun shot) body heals injury and forms a hard scar tissue that should shrink and close the veins. ("sclera" in greek is "hard") for varicose veins up to 17% recurrence rates first year have been reported. Not the best option!
Dr. Gabriel Goren
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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