Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment option for both varicose veins and spider veins. This post lists the top things to know about recovery from sclerotherapy, including what to expect and how long it usually takes to recover.
How Sclerosant Works
Sclerotherapy uses a type of chemical, called a sclerosant, that is applied directly inside the spider or varicose vein.
This sclerosant causes the vein to scar upon itself, so blood no longer traverses through the vein. Blood will still flow through surrounding veins and over time, the scarred vein will be reabsorbed by the body.
What are the results of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy reduces the appearance and the symptoms that may be associated with spider or varicose veins, such as heaviness, aching, swelling, and cramping. Often, more than one session of sclerotherapy is needed in order to completely resolve varicose or spider veins.
How long does it take to recover?
Depending on how many veins or areas on your legs needs to be treated will depend on how long the procedure may take, but typically this is done within about an hour in the clinic and you are able to leave directly after the procedure. Recovery time after the procedure is short and you may only need to take 1-2 days to rest, but you may walk right away.
"This minimally invasive procedure
has a brief recovery time, with most patients returning to work the next day."
Top things to know about sclerotherapy recovery
Compression stockings are a mainstay of treatment to prevent blood from flowing back in the veins upon standing. The length of use will depend on how many veins and the size of the veins treated, but your doctor will let you know how long these should be worn.
Activity & Walking
Activity, mainly walking is also a mainstay of treatment. Walking helps with blood flow through the body. Start out walking shorter distances and gradually increase. Avoid strenuous activities, such as running and jumping, until you are cleared by your doctor.
If you take medication to thin your blood, such as Plavix, Coumadin, Xarelto, or Eliquis, you may need to avoid use for about 5 days after the procedure. Your doctor will instruct you when you are able to resume these medications. Most other medications may be resumed through the procedure, but ask your doctor if you may continue all of your medication. Dr. Almeida will
Covering the Entry Site
A small dressing or band-aid will be placed over the treatment entry site. This should stay in place for about 1-2 days. You should be able to shower within 1-2 days after the procedure, but should avoid bathing or swimming during this time. Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks, as this can sometimes increase the discoloration on the legs.
Video: How to Prepare for Sclerotherapy Treatment
About SclerotherApy with Dr. Almeida
Contact Dr. Jose Almeida is a board certified vascular surgeon, at the Miami Vein Center and a leading expert in the care of spider veins. Keep in mind that you should always follow all directions given by your doctor in order to heal appropriately and prevent complications.