Sclerotherapy is a medical non-surgical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins. Sclerotherapy implicates an injection of a solution directly into the affected vein. The solution is sclerosant, and it irritates the affected vessel, inducing it to swell. This swelling cuts off the lymphatic fluid or blood circulation. Sclerotherapy collapses the vessel and supplies blood to healthier veins.
Why is the procedure performed?
Sclerotherapy is recommended to patients with varicose veins if the veins are too twisted for other therapies to succeed or if they are experiencing severe symptoms such as,
the legs feeling very heavy or fatigued
The doctor conducts a physical exam and collects your past medical record.
The doctor will,
Assess the complicated veins
Scan for any underlying blood vessel disorder
The doctor will check the following,
Recent illnesses or pre-existing medical issues, such as a heart ailment or a history of blood clots
Use aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox Ds), blood thinners, iron supplements, or herbal supplements.
Any previous varicose vein treatment and the effects of the therapy
If a patient intakes aspirin, naproxen sodium, ibuprofen or blood thinners, the doctor may instruct the patient to stop taking the medication for some time before the treatment to lessen the cases of bleeding.
Depending on which veins are implicated, your doctor takes ultrasound imaging of the veins. Ultrasound is a painless process that employs sound waves to create pictures of structures inside the body. Sclerotherapy treatment in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore is available at Manipal Hospitals, visit today.
The doctor will start your treatment by cleansing the affected area with alcohol, then use a fine needle to gradually insert a sclerosant solution into the right vein.
The medication, which is normally in liquid form, acts by stinging the vein lining, causing it to swell shut and impede blood flow. Some solutions contain lidocaine, a local anaesthetic.
The vein will gradually turn into scar tissue and disappear. A foam form of the fluid is sometimes applied, especially when a big vein is involved. Foam has a bigger surface area than liquid form.
When the needle is placed into the vein, some patients suffer from moderate itching or cramping. If the solution seeps from the vein into the surrounding tissue, the pain may become severe.
After withdrawing the needle, the doctor compresses and rubs the region to keep blood out of the injected artery and spread the solution. A compression strip is applied to the infected area to keep the region compressed, and the doctor goes on to the next vein.
The number of injections required is determined by the number and size of veins in question.
Small veins usually respond to the procedure in 3–5 weeks, and large veins respond in 12–16 weeks. If the sclerotherapy is successful, the veins will fade. If not, the doctor will advise for repeated procedures. Book an appointment with us today for the best treatment.
Improving blood flow and muscular weight can lower the chance of developing varicose veins. Consider the following things to avoid new varicose veins,
Avoid high heels and restrictive hosiery.
Altering your sitting or standing position frequently.
Having a low-salt, high-fibre diet.
Regular Exercising after discussing the right workout plan with a healthcare expert.
Maintaining a healthy weight relieves pressure and improves blood circulation.