Procedure generally done on lower extremities


Sclerotherapy consists of injections of a sclerosing solution into the veins. This solution irritates the vein lining, causing the walls to stick together. The vein is compressed with a stocking for a few days, as tolerated by the patient. With the blood flow stopped, the vein will shrink and eventually disappear.

This procedure is generally performed on the lower extremities. Depending on the individual’s response, the solution may need to be injected into the veins several times over a period of months. Although the veins will generally begin to disappear a couple of weeks following treatment, it may take up to several months for them to completely disappear.

Spider Veins…

Spider veins may be red, pink, violet, or blue in color and are managed with injections. Some broken or dark veins are noticeable on the cheeks, nose, or chest, and these can be injected as well. Veins on the back of the hands typically become larger as we age. These veins should not be closed, as they are needed for circulation, but injecting them with a sclerosing solution and then wrapping them for 24 to 48 hours can make them smaller and less noticeable.

External hemorrhoids can be treated by injection, and that is understandably handled differently than injections of the extremities.

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