Varicose veins occur when valves within the vein can no longer allow blood to flow effectively. Blood begins to pool in the veins, which causes them to enlarge and bulge – often resulting in tired, achy legs.
One common treatment for varicose veins is sclerotherapy. In the past, this was done with a salt solution that caused a lot of pain and left behind a brown stain. Newer solutions used today are painless and associated with much less staining.
Doctors have been using sclerotherapy for decades to treat varicose veins. It is a safe, effective method for improving the appearance of your legs and helping you feel more energetic.
Before performing sclerotherapy, providers screen patients to ensure they are good candidates for the procedure. The procedure is not safe for pregnant women, but may be performed after delivery to treat veins that develop during pregnancy.
Sclerotherapy typically takes just 10 to 15 minutes and involves inserting a very fine needle directly into the vein. Typically this is covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare.
Patients may notice itching or bruising for the first few days after the procedure. They also may experience brown lines or spots at the vein site, which may go away, but could stay indefinitely. Most people who have sclerotherapy are very happy with how much better their legs feel.