Sclerotherapy Recovery Guide
During a sclerotherapy procedure, a needle is inserted into the target vein, and a substance injected that destroys the spider or varicose vein, eliminating its noticeable appearance under your skin.
There are several things you should be aware of to ensure a quick, easy, and successful recovery after your sclerotherapy treatment.
Sclerotherapy is performed right here in the offices of Edward G. Mackay and Associates, LLC. You are free to resume your regular daily activities after your sclerotherapy treatment.
Compression Is Key
Compression garments should be worn on the treated leg(s). This helps prevent blood from pooling in the treated veins. Compression stockings should be worn most of the time for 1-2 weeks following your sclerotherapy treatment. Dr. Edward G. Mackay may advise that you continue to wear compression stockings for a longer duration, depending on how many veins were treated.
Walk Every Day
Walking helps to push blood flow through the veins. You should walk every day following your sclerotherapy treatment, gradually increasing the speed and distance you cover while walking. For the first 2 weeks after your treatment, it is important to avoid strenuous exercise, such as running, jumping, or biking.
No Medication Interruption
Prior to your sclerotherapy treatment, Dr. Mackay will discuss with you the medications you regularly take. For the vast majority of patients undergoing sclerotherapy, they may continue to take their usual medication – including anticoagulants – before, during, and after a sclerotherapy treatment session.
The needle used in sclerotherapy is small, so no bandage or Band-Aid is needed after a treatment session. Do not submerge your treated leg(s) in water for at least 48 hours. Always follow the instructions provided by your doctor, which can help you heal appropriately and reduce any potential complications, such as infection, blood clots, hyperpigmentation, or an allergic reaction.
A follow up exam is usually scheduled 2 weeks after your sclerotherapy procedure to assess your progress and check for any potential complications.
Sclerotherapy is not a one-and-done type of treatment. You will likely require a few sclerotherapy sessions to achieve your treatment goals. The exact number of treatment sessions you need will depend on the extent of your condition and your desired results.
Best Care Before, During, and After Sclerotherapy
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or some other venous disorder, the vein-focused professionals at Edward G. Mackay and Associates, LLC can help. We routinely perform sclerotherapy treatment sessions in our offices in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and Largo, Florida.
To schedule your sclerotherapy consultation or treatment – or if you’ve already had a treatment and have additional questions – call us at (727) 781-5652. You can also request an appointment now.