Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used by doctors to get rid of spider veins and varicose veins. The procedure involves the injection of a salt solution under the skin into the vein, where it reacts with the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to eventually clot and then completely disappear. This type of procedure has been around for almost 80 years and is proven safe and effective.
Who Can Have Injection Sclerotherapy?
Almost anyone with spider veins or varicose veins is eligible for this therapy, but you will need to see a vascular doctor if you are considering the procedure. Pregnant women cannot undergo the procedure, and those who have had blood clots in the past will need to be evaluated on an individual basis. The area to be treated will also be examined and any veins near the heart can’t be treated because they could potentially be involved in future bypass surgery.
How Injection Sclerotherapy Works
Our clinic will use a very fine needle to inject the salt solution into the affected vein. The injection often results in a couple minutes of discomfort or even muscle cramping, but this goes away quickly. If you have a good number of veins that you want treated your doctor might break your treatment sessions up. Each session takes at most half an hour. Sclerotherapy can significantly improve the look of the affected area, removing all traces of unsightly varicose and spider veins and making you feel more confident about your appearance.
Before sclerotherapy our vascular doctor will tell you to avoid certain medications. Let them know everything you take on a regular basis, including herbal supplements. Often you will be told to avoid anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin for 72 hours before the procedure.
A short video on the Sclerotherapy procedure. (No sound)
Post Sclerotherapy Care
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient surgery, meaning you can drive yourself home when done. Your doctor may require you to wear compression hosiery to help your veins heal correctly. Avoid anti-inflammatories, hot showers and baths, hot tubs or saunas, and sunlight for 48 hours after the procedure.
Sclerotherapy has been shown to work for over 90 percent of the people who try it, but like every medical procedure results will vary from person to person. If your spider veins or varicose veins do respond to treatment and fade away they will never come back, but sclerotherapy success does not stop new veins from showing up. Smaller spider veins usually disappear in six weeks at most, but larger veins can sometimes take up to four months to fade away.
Your insurance will often cover sclerotherapy, especially if it is causing swelling or chronic pain and not for cosmetic reasons. If sclerotherapy is deemed a medical necessity, then your insurance company will most likely require a letter stating these facts before they reimburse you. The technology behind this procedure has improved over the years to the point where it is incredibly safe and almost always effective.
Why choose our vascular surgeon for Injection Sclerotherapy?
This time proven technique is combined with state of the art imaging equipment in our clinic to further enhance its accuracy and effectiveness. We used High Resolution Ultrasound Machines to provide a visual window, so that medication can be administered onto precise locations and examine for deep underlying veins. For veins located just beneath the surface, we use the Vein-lite, a special imaging device that uses Advanced Transillumination Technology, to guide our needle for enhance accuracy.
Spider veins may be the early manifestation of venous diseases. Our doctor can provide a one stop comprehensive services from diagnosis to treatment, being among the few vascular and endovascular trained surgeons in Singapore. During the assessment of your spider veins and varicose veins, our doctor will determine if you will need a Sonography (vascular ultrasound) examination to diagnose for issues in the veins hidden deeper in your legs. This can be done onsite during the same consultation as he is one of the few vascular surgeons specially trained in performing vascular ultrasound.
This allows our doctor to explain the results to you immediately and prescribe a customised treatment for you that is best suited for your body and preferences.