Sclerotherapy is the most common and effective treatment for smaller varicose and spider veins of the lower extremities. During treatment a sclerosing agent is injected into the spider vein with a tiny needle. The solution pushes the blood out of the vein, generating irritation to the walls of the vessel. This causes the vein walls to collapse and stick together. As the body initiates the healing process, the vein begins to shrink and is eventually absorbed by the body, making the vein disappear.
Sclerotherapy is a technique in which a special FDA approved medication is injected into abnormal veins to produce its closure and eventual elimination. There are a number of medications available for sclerotherapy. At Bowers Vein Institute we use Sotradecol (Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate) and Polidocanol (Asclera). Both are FDA approved for use in vein sclerotherapy. They are very safe if used appropriately.
Sclerotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
What results can I expect?
Improvement is noticed quickly with the smaller veins and more gradually with larger veins. Treatments are done every four to six weeks. Depending on the severity of the spider veins, two to three treatments are typically required.
Are there any side effects?
You may experience some itching and mild bruising and swelling after treatment. Most of these symptoms will resolve within a day or so after treatment. Support hose are worn for a short time following treatments. This application of pressure is important for the body’s healing process. Wearing hose improves results and lessens side effects.
Who is a candidate?
During consultation your legs will be examined and a medical history taken. Depending on the types of veins and symptoms, a combination of different treatment modalities may be recommended.
Schedule your free consultation now and one of our insurance specialists will contact your insurance company to check benefits for treatment. Call (727) 362-3650 today! We accept the following insurance plans:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Mail Handlers
- Simply Health Care
- United Healthcare
Vein Specialist William Bowers, MD,FACS, RPVI, RPhS is the founder and Medical Director of Bowers Vein Institute in Pinellas Park, Florida. The Bowers Vein Institute is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art center that provides comprehensive care for patients with reticular, spider, varicose veins, and other venous diseases. The facility offers the latest in minimally invasive procedures that effectively eradicate veins without the need for traditional surgery. Above all else, the team at Bowers Vein Institute puts patient care first. This not only means ensuring that patients receive the effective vein treatment they need, it also entails providing a comfortable, friendly, and professional environment for each and every patient. The staff takes pride in adhering to these extremely high standards of patient care.
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