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What anesthesia is needed during sclerotherapy?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on needles

If very small needles are used for treating spider veins, generally no anesthetic is used at all.
Sometimes slightly larger needles are used for treating larger veins. In that case, a little bit of local anesthetic might be used at the puncture site.

In brief: Depends on needles

If very small needles are used for treating spider veins, generally no anesthetic is used at all.
Sometimes slightly larger needles are used for treating larger veins. In that case, a little bit of local anesthetic might be used at the puncture site.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Shouldn't need any..

Sclerotherapy of varicose and spider veins involves using very small needles to inject the veins and is generally very well-tolerated and just slightly uncomfortable.
Consequently, since it is so well-tolerated, no anesthetic is used. Look for a vein specialist/phlebologist who routinely performs sclerotherapy and you shouldn't feel like you need any anesthetic!

In brief: Shouldn't need any..

Sclerotherapy of varicose and spider veins involves using very small needles to inject the veins and is generally very well-tolerated and just slightly uncomfortable.
Consequently, since it is so well-tolerated, no anesthetic is used. Look for a vein specialist/phlebologist who routinely performs sclerotherapy and you shouldn't feel like you need any anesthetic!
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: None

No anesthesia is needed for sclerotherapy.
It is done in the doctors office while you are awake. Since the needles are very small there is very little discomfort associated with the injection (similar pain to an ant bite). The discomfort is typically less than an immunization injection. The medication itself does not tend to "burn" or cause pain as it is injected, you just feel the needle poke

In brief: None

No anesthesia is needed for sclerotherapy.
It is done in the doctors office while you are awake. Since the needles are very small there is very little discomfort associated with the injection (similar pain to an ant bite). The discomfort is typically less than an immunization injection. The medication itself does not tend to "burn" or cause pain as it is injected, you just feel the needle poke
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly not needed

When spider veins are injected with a 30 ga small needle.
Patient who are intolerant to even such small needles and have large surfaces of skin to be treated should use Lidoderm patches 5% to be applied 2 hours before treatment. If dr, is using saline injections one should expect quite a painful experience.

In brief: Mostly not needed

When spider veins are injected with a 30 ga small needle.
Patient who are intolerant to even such small needles and have large surfaces of skin to be treated should use Lidoderm patches 5% to be applied 2 hours before treatment. If dr, is using saline injections one should expect quite a painful experience.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sclerotherapy

This is for the treatment of small varicose veins.
This is usually done in an office setting and requires only local anesthetic.

In brief: Sclerotherapy

This is for the treatment of small varicose veins.
This is usually done in an office setting and requires only local anesthetic.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Local

Just something to numb the skin.

In brief: Local

Just something to numb the skin.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: See below

Depending on location and size this procedure can either be done under sedation or a full general anesthetic.

In brief: See below

Depending on location and size this procedure can either be done under sedation or a full general anesthetic.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Actually, sclerotherapy does not typically need any anesthesia. The needles are very small so it causes very little discomfort. It is very similar to getting an immunization or getting your blood drawn, so no anethesia is necessary.
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