Sclerotherapy Recovery Guide
Learn more about instructions to follow for recovery after sclerotherapy.
Introduction to Sclerotherapy Treatment
Treatment options are available for both varicose veins and spider veins. Perhaps one of the more common procedures that is used is called sclerotherapy, which is performed in the clinic. The procedure uses a needle that is placed inside the varicose or spider veins and a substance is then placed in the veins.
This substance damages the vein, leading to scarring, thus preventing any further blood flow through the veins. This is not usually a one-time procedure and this may need to be performed several times in order for the problematic veins to be fully treated.
Can I go home right after sclerotherapy?
Since sclerotherapy is performed in the clinic, patients go home directly after the procedure. The time for recovery is usually brief, but as with any surgery or procedure, there are certain instructions to follow for the best recovery possible.
Top Things to Know about Sclerotherapy Recovery
- Compression: Compression garments should be worn on the leg or legs that have been treated. Compression prevents pooling of blood in the newly treated veins. These should be worn most of the time for 1-2 weeks following the procedure, but depending on how many veins are treated, your doctor may give a different length of use of compression.
- Walking: Walking should be done every day with a slow increase in distance and speed. Walking helps to push blood flow through the veins. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise such as running, jumping, and biking within the first 2 weeks after sclerotherapy.
- Medications: Dr. Mackay will discuss your medications prior to sclerotherapy. Most patients continue with their normal medication, even anticoagulants.
- Wound care: The needle puncture for sclerotherapy is small and does not even require a band-aid or small bandage. Keep this in place for 24-48 hours after the procedure, which is the point when you may shower. Do not submerge for at least 48 hours, this includes both swimming and taking baths.
After the Procedure & Follow Up
Always follow the instructions given by your doctor which will help to heal appropriately and reduce complications, such as infection, blood clots, hyperpigmentation, allergic reaction. A follow up is usually scheduled 2 weeks after your procedure to assess your progress and check for any potential complications.
Meet ABMS Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Mackay
Contact the office of Dr. Edward Mackay, a board certified vascular surgeon providing sclerotherapy to patients in the Tampa area.