Simply put, sclerotherapy is one of several procedures that can be used to get rid of unsightly spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is defined as a series of injections of either a liquid or foam substance into the vein itself. Essentially, these injections work to scar the inside of the vein, thereby helping to close the vein off and direct blood flow elsewhere. While sclerotherapy is a common treatment method for varicose veins — and a preferred option to surgery for many — it should go without saying that, like any procedure, it’s not without its share of pros and cons. Here’s a look.

Pros of Sclerotherapy

  • It works well from the start. Most people report experiencing the benefits of sclerotherapy quickly. For many, varicose veins are dramatically reduced shortly after the procedure.
  • It’s an outpatient procedure that takes 15-45 minutes per treatment and is considered very safe. What’s more, if sclerotherapy is administered for Sclerotherapymedical reasons, medical insurance may cover it.
  • It has a short recovery. Most patients can return to work immediately after the procedure, as bed rest is normally not required.

Cons of Sclerotherapy

  • While sclerotherapy is often successful from the outset, medical professionals agree that in the long run, if the varicose veins are the result of chronic venous insufficiency, an ablative procedure is more likely to be effective.
  • Sclerotherapy is usually only applicable with small- to medium-sized varicose veins, so not every vein or patient will qualify.
  • Finally, while the results of sclerotherapy are generally favorable — at least in the short-term — some patients need more than one treatment to see the desired results.

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