Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat spider and varicose veins.

While it is often considered a cosmetic procedure, it can help relieve pain and swelling associated with varicose and spider veins. During the procedure, a special sclerosing solution is injected directly into the vein. This salt solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and become virtually unnoticeable.

The sclerotherapy procedure is performed right here at Midwest Vein Center in as little as 15 minutes—so there’s no hospitalization. However, if you have a large quantity of varicose veins or a severe case, the procedure may take longer. Be sure to talk with your vein care specialist so you can allow enough time. You’ll be able to resume normal activities following the procedure.

The benefits include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Short procedure
  • No hospitalization
  • No anesthesia
  • Fast recovery
  • Minimal pain
  • No scarring
  • Safe and effective for all ages
  • May reduce or eliminate associated aches and pains

Common sclerotherapy procedures:

Here are the two most common sclerotherapy procedures:

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

During this procedure, vein care specialists use an ultrasound machine to help them locate and treat the affected veins. This sclerotherapy procedure uses a fine gauge needle to inject the solution into the affected veins. It is most effective for people with poor circulation because it redirects blood flow to healthy veins. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy procedures usually take between three and five sessions to achieve maximum results.

Surface sclerotherapy

This alternative sclerotherapy procedure focuses on veins that are near the surface of the skin and most noticeable. It is similar to the ultrasound-guided treatment in that it uses very fine needles to promote vein closure, however, it does not use ultrasound or other guidance methods.

If you’re ready to eliminate unsightly or uncomfortable spider or varicose veins, it’s time to consider a safe, effective sclerotherapy procedure in Chicago, Downers Grove, Orland Park, Glenview, and Niles. Call Midwest Vein Center at 312-757-1102 to schedule your initial consultation.

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