The Vein Center offers advanced treatments for all vein conditions. One of the most effective therapies, sclerotherapy, can be used to treat varicose veins, spider veins, breast veins, prominent veins in the hand and other unsightly vein problems, including those that can lead to health concerns. Here are answers to some of the most common questions patients ask us about this procedure.
Q: Does sclerotherapy hurt?
A: The needle used for sclerotherapy, an effective treatment for varicose veins, spider veins and other vein conditions, is extremely small (much smaller than that used to take your blood for blood tests.) There is very little pain associated with its use and it can be described as causing minimal discomfort.
Q: How much down time, or recovery time, is required after sclerotherapy?
A: There is essentially no down time before or after sclerotherapy. Patients are encouraged to do whatever they were doing before the procedure.
Q: Can I drive myself to the sclerotherapy treatment?
A: Yes, there are no contraindications to driving to and from a treatment session for sclerotherapy. Resuming normal activity after treatment is encouraged.
Q: Can I have the sclerotherapy treatment at the same time as the consultation?
A: Absolutely. In fact, most people prefer to do it all at one time. Once they have made the appointment, they are anxious to be treated. We leave enough time during the initial appointment for both the consultation and the treatment. No decision has to be made until that day.
Q: When can I resume exercising after sclerotherapy treatment?
A: : Patients can resume their exercise routine that day! They are encouraged to wear the support stockings while exercising.
Q: Does insurance cover sclerotherapy?
A: We do not accept insurance, but we give all patients a receipt, which they can submit to their insurance carrier. Most insurance companies consider the procedure to be cosmetic.
Q: Does the doctor actually perform the sclerotherapy treatment?
A: At The Vein Center, patients are treated only by board certified vascular surgeons.
Q: How long does the sclerotherapy treatment take?
A: The consultation, with one of our vascular surgeons, and the treatment requires one half hour to 45 minutes.
Q: How long does the sclerotherapy treatment last for? Is it permanent?
A: The veins that are treated are permanently treated. However, many patients have a genetic predisposition to develop spider veins and therefore will get more in the future.