This procedure involves injecting an irritating solution into a varicose vein or a spider vein.
A varicose vein develops when a vein, or a valve inside the vein, weakens. This causes pooling of blood that leads to enlarged, deformed and bluish veins just under the surface of the skin. Most people with varicose veins have no symptoms or minor symptoms. However, some people experience:
Spider veins are small, superficial veins within the skin itself.
A healthcare provider may recommend sclerotherapy if varicose veins are painful or unsightly. Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is most often used to treat small varicose veins. It involves a healthcare provider using a small needle to inject a sclerosing solution (liquid or foam) into a varicose vein. Ultrasound may be used to help guide the needle into the vein.
Sclerotherapy works best when the varicose veins are small and there are only a few of them. It is done in your healthcare provider's office. After the procedure, you may have:
These symptoms typically go away within ten to fifteen minutes of the injection.
After having sclerotherapy:
Sclerotherapy may cost a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Most insurance companies do not cover the procedure when it is done for cosmetic reasons. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on the back of your ID card for more information. The estimates shown apply when the service is determined to be a covered service, eligible for in-network reimbursement.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you signs of varicose veins and/or spider veins and are considering sclerotherapy.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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