A VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT WITHOUT SURGERY: SCLEROTHERAPY
Medium-sized and spider veins are the most common type of veins encountered. A simple saline solution is usually all that is required to treat most mid-size varicose veins and spider veins. This mild solution induces a mild inflammatory reaction, and the mid-size or spider veins disappear.
HOW DOES SCLEROTHERAPY WORK?
Various solutions, such as saline-based, iodine-based or ASA-based, sotradecol, or polidodecanol are injected into the varicose veins, to “irritate” the vein walls. This causes a “fibrotic reaction”, which, in turn, causes the vein walls to stick together. Within a few weeks, the veins are “sclerosed” under the skin, and disappear without a trace. In the past years, a sclerosing foam has also been used.
WHICH VARICOSE VEINS MUST BE TREATED WITH SCLEROTHERAPY?
Almost any type of varicose vein disease can be treated with sclerotherapy, from large deeper veins to superficial spider veins.