If you have varicose veins, you already may have been scheduled for sclerotherapy treatment to remove your varicose veins. But maybe you still have some questions about the sclerotherapy procedure and you want tips on maximizing the healing process.
A quick refresher: The sclerotherapy procedure happens right in the doctor’s office. Depending on the severity of the varicose vein—or veins—the procedure can take only thirty minutes or it can even be done in as little as five minutes’ time.
Sclerotherapy is an injection of the chemical sclerosant directly into a varicose vein in order to damage the inside lining of the vein. The subsequent scarring causes the vein to close. After the injection, pressure is applied over the veins in order to prevent the blood from returning once you stand up. Repeated sessions are sometimes necessary, depending on the extent of the varicose veins.
Once the procedure is over, there are some common tips for post-treatment recovery.
All doctors and therapists will recommend that patients wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy treatment. Some will recommend that patients wear them for several days, while others will extend the recovery time with compression stockings to several weeks. Compression stockings help maintain pressure throughout the legs (and veins), promoting healthy circulation and reducing the bruising. It is always best to follow the recommended time frame for wearing compression stockings after treatment.
Bruising around the injection site or sites is common among sclerotherapy patients, and the appearance of bruises can last up to two weeks—the bruising period is almost always longer for patients who are on blood thinners. But just as every patient is different, so are the healing times. A small bruise, post-treatment, for a couple of weeks is nothing to worry about. If the bruise increases in size and deepens in color more than a few days or a week after treatment, or an abscess appears around the injection site, go immediately to the hospital, as you may have an underlying condition that causes such a rare reaction.
To be extra cautious, some doctors and vein treatment centers recommend avoiding any over-the-counter medications that act as anti-coagulants or blood thinners, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and even omega 3s.
While there is no “down time” required after sclerotherapy treatment, it is good to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise. That being said, regular low-impact exercise, especially walking, is encouraged by most doctors and vein treatment centers beginning immediately after treatment.
It will be important to report to your doctor any slow or lack of healing, either at the injection site or any localized clotting. There may be some discoloration of the skin at the injection site, but this is generally nothing to worry about and can be corrected with topical creams or even laser therapy. Remember, there are plenty of fake remedies out in the world, which are a waste of money and could delay potentially crucial treatment. Varicose veins are a medical condition and
could be a symptom of a much bigger vascular problem, and they are a condition best treated early on.
If you have more questions about the sclerotherapy procedure or are ready to consider sclerotherapy to remove your varicose veins, visit us at www.sdveininstitute.com or contact us at 760-944-9263.