Treatment of varicosities by sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for the treatment of varicosities. It is a complete, effective technique which requires and experienced operator.
Different sclerosants (Aetoxisclerol, Trombovar or Scleremo) and different concentrations of a single product can be used depending on the varicosity and its depth. Sclerosants come in liquid form or as a foam.
Sclerosis of varicose veins generally requires several sessions. To ensure a good, long term result, a treatment schedule must be drawn up and a rigorous approach applied.
Our goal is to meet your expectations, avoid aggravating vein disease and the appearance of complications, re-establish satisfactory hemodynamics and achieve a satisfactory result on both a functional and an aesthetic level
How a sclerotherapy session takes place
- In a doctor’s surgery without the need for prior anaesthetics
- Fasting is not recommended prior to the sessions
- After disinfecting the area to be treated, your phlebologist proceeds to make the injections, using a very fine needle, the sclerosant is injected intra veinously locally at the level of the telangiectasias, the network of capillaries disappears instantly
- The treatment can be carried out under the guidance of ultrasound
- Discomfort is moderate
Cases where sclerotherapy is indicated
- Saphenous trunks and their varicose veins
- Reticular veins, telangiectasias
- Residual or recurring varicose veins after surgical removal
- Non-saphenous varicose veins
- Peri-ulcer varicose veins
Side effects of sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is considered a safe procedure, nonetheless there are some side effects, often benign, a Microthrombi (small clot trapped in the varicosities can be removed by micro incision with a needle), pigmentations.
Other complications only occur occasionally, such as an allergy, a migraine, thrombosis, necrosis, neo-telangiectasia (matting), or vasovagal syncope (fainting),
It is important to find a vascular surgeon when necessary; sclerotherapy can be carried out as a complement to a surgical procedure in a second phase.
It is also possible to combine sclerosis and laser treatments.
In any case, all these treatments should be associated with a healthy lifestyle to improve venous circulation.
Exercise (walking, cycling, and swimming) is a pillar of vein treatment, added to a balanced diet (excess weight aggravates venous symptoms). Exposure to sun and standing for long periods are strongly discouraged
A prescription for support hose is often provided