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Who can have sclerotherapy done for spider or varicose veins?
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Nearly anyone
There are few absolute contraindications to having sclerotherapy done: having a current deep or superficial venous thrombosis, being allergic to the slcerosant that is being used, and pregnancy.
Most won't treat nursing mothers and care needs to be taken with certain sclerosant preparations in patients who have a history of getting migraines with aura (usually funny visual changes before hand).

In brief: Nearly anyone
There are few absolute contraindications to having sclerotherapy done: having a current deep or superficial venous thrombosis, being allergic to the slcerosant that is being used, and pregnancy.
Most won't treat nursing mothers and care needs to be taken with certain sclerosant preparations in patients who have a history of getting migraines with aura (usually funny visual changes before hand).
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Most people.
Sclerotherapy is usually done for spider veins and not for varicose veins.
Almost anyone can undergo sclerotherapy provided they are medically stable, have no allergies to the sclerosing solutions and can tolerate the needle treatments. Age by itself is not a contraindication and I have personally performed sclerotherapy on an 8 yo with a hemangioma and a 95 yo with bleeding from ankle spiders.

In brief: Most people.
Sclerotherapy is usually done for spider veins and not for varicose veins.
Almost anyone can undergo sclerotherapy provided they are medically stable, have no allergies to the sclerosing solutions and can tolerate the needle treatments. Age by itself is not a contraindication and I have personally performed sclerotherapy on an 8 yo with a hemangioma and a 95 yo with bleeding from ankle spiders.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Most patients
Sclerotherapy of spider or varicose veins is widely used today and is very safe.
However, there are certain medical conditions or situations where sclerotherapy would be ill-advised. A vein specialist/phlebologist can help you to see if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy or other treatment options.

In brief: Most patients
Sclerotherapy of spider or varicose veins is widely used today and is very safe.
However, there are certain medical conditions or situations where sclerotherapy would be ill-advised. A vein specialist/phlebologist can help you to see if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy or other treatment options.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Most individuals OK
Sclerotherapy is common therapy used to remove spider or varicose veins of the legs, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons.
Small needles are inserted into the vein clusters & a drug is injected into them which closes the veins. There are very few absolute contraindications for sclerotherapy treatments. Some patients with clotting or bleeding issues should avoid.See a vein specialist & discuss

In brief: Most individuals OK
Sclerotherapy is common therapy used to remove spider or varicose veins of the legs, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons.
Small needles are inserted into the vein clusters & a drug is injected into them which closes the veins. There are very few absolute contraindications for sclerotherapy treatments. Some patients with clotting or bleeding issues should avoid.See a vein specialist & discuss
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Most People
Almost anyone can undergo sclerotherapy for both spider or varicose veins provided they don't have a serious medical condition that might increase the risk of sclerotherapy and they have no allergies to the sclerosing solutions and can tolerate the needle treatments.
Age by itself is not a contraindication although usually done on adults.

In brief: Most People
Almost anyone can undergo sclerotherapy for both spider or varicose veins provided they don't have a serious medical condition that might increase the risk of sclerotherapy and they have no allergies to the sclerosing solutions and can tolerate the needle treatments.
Age by itself is not a contraindication although usually done on adults.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Dr. Thomas Wright
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Most patients
Most with spider & varicose veins can have sclerotherapy.
Patients with varicose veins need an ultrasound to evaluate the underlying veins. Underlying veins are often treated with evlt or radiofrequency. Large surface varicose veins may be better treated with ambulatory phlebotomy. Contraindications to sclerotherapy include blood clots, allergy to the medication, serious illness, & unable to walk.

In brief: Most patients
Most with spider & varicose veins can have sclerotherapy.
Patients with varicose veins need an ultrasound to evaluate the underlying veins. Underlying veins are often treated with evlt or radiofrequency. Large surface varicose veins may be better treated with ambulatory phlebotomy. Contraindications to sclerotherapy include blood clots, allergy to the medication, serious illness, & unable to walk.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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