Sclerotherapy is an injection of a solution directly into the vein which injures the lining of the vessel causing it to clot and stick together thus closing. This forces blood to re-route through healthier veins. Over time, our body absorbs this resulting scar tissue.
- The treated veins may become lumpy and hard for several months before resolving. If the treated vein is large and near the skin surface, it is very common to be able to feel the tender lumps afterwards. These lumps are actually the blood clot in the treated vein and indicative of a successful treatment. Again, these lumps will go away with time. These are superficial clots and not the kind in the deep veins that can dislodge and cause problems. If you are concerned please feel free to call and discuss this with our nurse.
- Raised red areas may appear at the injection sites the day of the procedure and should disappear within a few days.
- Bruising may occur around the injection site and usually resolves in 1-2 weeks.
- Inflammation is usually mild but may cause swelling, warmth, and discomfort around the injection site. This is usually resolves in a day or so.
To relieve Discomfort we recommend:
- Wear your compression stockings.
- Apply warm moist heat to the site.
- Take ibuprofen (or Tylenol) as instructed unless you cannot take them. In that case, call our office for further instruction.
- Walking often makes your legs feel better.
If you have any of the following, please contact our office:
- Significant swelling of the leg that may be accompanied by increased pain.
- Formation of ulcers or skin breakdown at the injection sites.
- If you should have chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and are not able to contact our office you should go to the nearest Emergency room to be evaluated.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment.
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