Things You Should Know Before Undergoing Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

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Happy young woman sitting in bathroom and checking leg skin softnessFor those who suffer with varicose veins, getting treatment to eliminate them is often a priority. Aside from the unsightliness of varicose veins, they can have significant health consequences, in the form of blood clots. Sclerotherapy is a proven method of varicose vein removal that has been used for this purpose since the 1930s.

Initial Consultation

Not everyone who would like to have sclerotherapy is a good candidate. The initial consultation will help determine whether you are a good candidate for this particular procedure. For instance women who are pregnant are ineligible. Women with a history of blood clots will have eligibility determined on a case by case basis.

Another consideration is the vein in question itself. If the vein is one that may be useful for heart bypass surgery in the future, it will generally be deemed ineligible for sclerotherapy.

Before the Procedure

Some medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications and other over the counter drugs and supplements may complicate the procedure. Discuss all medications you are taken with your doctor prior to the surgery. Stop taking any medications your doctor warns against in the recommended time frame of treatment. Some antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen, and prednisone are among medications you may be asked to avoid prior to sclerotherapy, according to Cleveland Clinic. You should also avoid applying lotion to your legs before and after the treatment.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment conducted in your doctor’s office that involves the injection of a solution into the specific vein. The solution is injected into the blood vessel with a very thin needle and causes the lining of the blood vessel to stick together. Over time, it will become nothing more than scar tissue and fade from view.

The procedure itself isn’t painful, but may create mild discomfort at the injection site and some cramping may be experience when larger veins are treated. The cramping generally lasts only a minute or so and the entire treatment lasts 30 or fewer minutes in most situations.

When it comes to sclerotherapy Yonkers residents have many choices. New York Metrovein, under the direction of Dr. Adam Y. Goldman, offers a wide range of varicose vein removal options along with other aesthetic treatments. Call today to schedule your initial consultation.

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