Varicose Veins - Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for varicose veins. While it may not be appropriate for all patients, it is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve the appearance of varicose veins and improve blood flow.
Sclerotherapy of the veins is an old technique. Already in 1853 therapies existed in France. In the mid 70’s this therapy experienced a grand comeback.
It is a technique that closes vessel tracks or capillary groups (teleangectasy) through an injection in the veins of a sclerosant that immediately causes a local inflammatory reaction (chemical phlebitis). This reaction causes thrombosization and successive reabsorption of the varicose veins or causes the disappearances of capillaries.
The contents of the solution used include polidocanolyic alcohol, glycerin chromate, sodium saliciate and sodium tetradecilsulfate used at various concentrations.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that often appear on the legs and can cause discomfort or pain. While they may be a cosmetic concern for some, they can also indicate an underlying medical condition, such as venous insufficiency. One of the most common treatments for varicose veins is injection treatment, also known as sclerotherapy.
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Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually fade from view. The body then naturally absorbs the treated vein over time.
Anaesthesia and length of the procedure
The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and usually takes about 15-30 minutes to complete. Patients may need multiple treatments over several weeks or months to achieve the desired results.
Sclerotherapy is very effective at treating varicose veins, with a success rate of up to 80%.
Risks and Side Effects
All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects at his consultations as they will vary depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, physical condition and lifestyle.
During his procedures and treatments, he does everything possible to minimise the risk of complications by practicing a meticulously detailed approach and applying his world-class training background.
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This initial contact allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure.
It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have and get further information you need to make a decision.