Treatment of varicose and spider veins on the legs
Varicose veins and spider veins respond very well to a procedure called sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy uses injections of a special solution, called a sclerosant, into the vein, which irritates the vessel wall and causes it to shut down. The whole process takes about six weeks.
At ENRICH, an initial consultation is required to assess suitability for treatment with Sclerotherapy. At this appointment, an ultrasound of the leg veins may be ordered before proceeding with treatment.
The ultrasound is important as it will show whether there are any deeper veins that are damaged or not working correctly, a situation known as deep venous insufficiency. If this is the case, there is little point proceeding to treat the surface veins, as they will just recur, unless the deeper ones are treated first and are functioning correctly.
At ENRICH, we have specially-trained doctors who treat small spider veins and the larger reticular veins that are associated with them. In the case of true varicose veins, or deep venous insufficiency, we work closely with a phlebologist who can treat the larger venous problems for us and we can then proceed with treating the spider and reticular veins.
Important considerations before undertaking sclerotherapy
- Prior to treatment, domestic flights should be avoided for two weeks, and international flights should be avoided for four weeks.
- After treatment, long car trips should be avoided. If, however, a car trip is essential, it is important to walk for at least five minutes every hour during the trip.
- No moisturiser should be applied on the day of treatment.
- Loose clothing should be worn so that compression stockings can be fitted immediately following the treatment.
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