Sclerotherapy Procedure in Southwest Louisiana
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective, minimally-invasive procedure used to eliminate the appearance and pain associated with spider veins and some varicose veins.
At the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, our team of vein specialists, led by Dr. Carl Fastabend, treats a wide range of different vein conditions. Our vein center is home to experts who exclusively focus on treating vein conditions with the most innovative, research-backed treatment options, like sclerotherapy.
Why is sclerotherapy used?
Dr. Fastabend may recommend sclerotherapy treatment if you are experiencing symptoms of spider veins or varicose veins.
What does sclerotherapy involve?
During the sclerotherapy procedure, a very small needle is used to inject a solution called a sclerosant (liquid or foam) into the vein requiring treatment. Over time, the body will absorb the treated vein. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for a few minutes when larger veins are injected. The number of veins injected in one session varies depending on the size and location of the veins.
Multiple sclerotherapy sessions may be needed to achieve desired results. These are usually scheduled several weeks apart. Medically prescribed compression stockings may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in healing. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in three to six weeks, and larger veins respond in three to four months.
In most cases, patients will be able to resume all normal activities after treatment and do not need a recovery period after sclerotherapy.
If you are interested in sclerotherapy, visit the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana. Dr. Fastabend is Louisiana’s only full-time, comprehensive vein specialist who exclusively focuses on vein care. Utilizing advanced, minimally-invasive vein treatment options, Dr. Fastabend offers innovative and results-driven care for the full range of vein problems. Call us today at 337.312.VEIN or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.