Northside Vein Center and Clinic is the leading vein clinic in Chicago performing Sclerotherapy treatment to help reduce and cure varicose and spider veins. Patients who have been dealing with varicose and spider veins can look to sclerotherapy with Dr. Summers as a solution to help reduce them.

What is the Sclerotherapy Procedure?

If you are ready to take action against your unwanted varicose veins, Sclerotherapy may be right for you. An alternative to surgically removing veins, sclerotherapy is the new standard of care for spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a special FDA approved solution through a tiny needle into the vein, which then collapses and is absorbed by the body. Treatments involve one or more injections during one or more sessions, depending on the type, number and severity of the veins being treated. By the end of the treatment program, the veins are no longer visible on the skin surface.

On average, one to three sessions are required, spaced one to two weeks apart. After each session, patients may have to wear bandages or support hose for a few days or weeks and are encouraged to walk or exercise to speed recovery. The procedure is office-based. Bruising and swelling (if present) should fade within a week or two. Sclerotherapy rarely produces more severe side effects such as scarring, although it cannot prevent the recurrence of vascular lesions.

How Is It Done?

sclerotherapy-300x193In most cases of sclerotherapy, the FDA approved solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

The number of veins injected in one session varies, and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.

Possible Side Effects

You may experience certain side effects after sclerotherapy. There are milder effects, such as itching, which can last for one or two days after the procedure. Also, you may experience raised, red areas at the injection site. These should disappear within a few days. Bruising may also occur around the injection side and can last several days or weeks.

Varicose vein disease, like many other chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, requires ongoing care and surveillance after the initial course of treatment to maintain control. Treatment in the earlier stages helps avert unpleasant complications, and relieve bothersome symptoms.

Is Sclerotherapy Covered By Insurance?

Your insurance company may cover some of your procedure—so check with them before you schedule your consultation. Dr. Summers can answer all of your pricing and financing options at your consultation in the Chicago or Lakeview offices.