If you have varicose veins or spider veins, not only are they unsightly, but they’re also a sign of venous insufficiency and vascular health issues. At Cardiac Center of Texas in McKinney, Texas, Muhammad Khan, MD, and Ambreen Ashfaque, MD, and their team offer sclerotherapy treatments to close varicose veins. Sclerotherapy improves both your circulation and the appearance of your legs. Call Cardiac Center of Texas today or make an appointment online today to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.

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What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Your doctor injects a chemical solution known as a sclerosant into your vein.

When the sclerosant is inside your vein, it irritates the lining of the vein. This makes the walls of the vein swell and stick together, closing off the faulty vein. Then over time, your body absorbs the blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue, which is absorbed back into your body.

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

You should talk to the doctors at Cardiac Center of Texas if you have varicose veins as well as other symptoms such as:

  • Aching, painful legs
  • Changes to the skin on your legs
  • Veins that are getting larger or changing shape

Sclerotherapy is suitable for almost everyone who has varicose veins or spider veins. Your doctor recommends the treatment that best addresses your varicose veins, depending on their location and severity.

What happens during sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy usually takes between 30-45 minutes, depending on how many veins your doctor treats. In most cases, you don’t need any anesthesia during the procedure.

While you lie on your back with your legs elevated, your doctor uses a small needle to inject the sclerosant into your veins. You may feel a slight pinch from the needle and a tingling sensation from the solution. After your injections, your doctor massages the treated veins to help them close and seal.

Most patients need a series of treatments to get rid of all their varicose veins completely. While sclerotherapy is very effective, everyone reacts differently.

How should I take care of my legs following sclerotherapy?

After your treatment, you’ll need to wear compression stockings to help your treated veins stay closed and to support efficient circulation. Your doctor gives you personalized instructions on how long to wear the stockings, as well as advice on what to expect from the treatment.

You have follow-up appointments with your doctor at Cardiac Center of Texas. They check your veins and provide additional sclerotherapy injections to continue to treat your varicose veins or spider veins.

If you’re interested in sclerotherapy, call Cardiac Center of Texas or make an appointment online today to find out if it’s the right treatment for you.