Is Sclerotherapy Painful? Harvard Vein Specialist Explains

May 5, 2019

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What is Sclerotherapy and is Sclerotherapy Painful?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for vein disease. It is a much safer option than surgery and is usually very effective for treating varicose veins, spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency.

During a sclerotherapy session, a vein doctor uses a catheter to insert a salt solution into a damaged vein. This solution, known as sclerosant, causes a clot to form in the vein, blocking the flow of blood. The blood vessel collapses, reducing the unsightly appearance of spider veins or varicose veins. Once the veins affected by vein disease have been closed, the body can reroute blood through healthy blood vessels to return it to the heart.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

When you come to the Vein Treatment Center for sclerotherapy treatment for your varicose veins, your expert vein doctor will ask you to lie down and elevate your leg so that blood can drain out of it. The doctor will then inject the sclerosant into your spider veins or varicose veins. The procedure takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of veins you need to have treated.

Unlike surgery to remove varicose veins, sclerotherapy does not require a general anesthetic. That means you can go home right after the procedure. Your vein doctor will give you some compression stockings to wear for between one and three weeks to apply pressure to the legs and prevent blood from pooling back into the treated blood vessels.

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Some people experience a localized cramping or burning sensation after their vein doctor injects the sclerosant. This feeling usually only lasts a few seconds and most people would say sclerotherapy is not painful.

Experienced vein doctors use lidocaine to numb the area before giving the injection. This local anesthetic blocks sensations so the treatment is not painful. Lidocaine is what dentists use to block the pain of the drill when filling cavities in your teeth. If you can tolerate having a cavity filled, you have nothing to worry about with sclerotherapy, which is arguably even less invasive. If you do experience discomfort during the procedure, let your vein doctor know. Experienced vein doctors can take steps to keep you as comfortable as possible while treating your spider veins or varicose veins.

Is Sclerotherapy Less Painful Than Other Treatments?

Sclerotherapy is much easier and faster than having surgery to treat your varicose veins. It is minimally invasive, as only a very tiny incision needs to be made in the skin to insert the catheter. As there is no need for a general anesthetic, you won’t have to deal with any of the risks or side effects of being put to sleep for surgery. In fact, you can leave the clinic right after your procedure.

Other technologies exist for treating varicose veins, spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. For example, some treatments use laser energy or heat to close up the vein. However, for many people, sclerotherapy is the fastest and easiest option.

How to Access Sclerotherapy

It is very important to have your veins evaluated by an experienced vein doctor before you undergo any procedures to treat them. Varicose veins are sometimes a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Only an experienced vein doctor can determine what is causing your varicose veins and let you know which treatment options are the most suitable for you. During the consultation, you will have chance to discuss any concerns you might have, such as whether the procedure is likely to be painful.

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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.

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Types of Sclerotherapy

Vein doctors use sclerotherapy in two different ways.

First, it can be a cosmetic treatment of unsightly veins on the surface of the skin. This cosmetic procedure is usually not covered by insurance, although many people think the cost is worthwhile to be rid of unwanted spider veins.

Vein doctors also use sclerotherapy to treat underlying chronic venous insufficiency, which is where blood pools in the legs because the veins are too damaged to make it flow back to the heart. This treatment is usually covered by insurance depending on the vein doctor you see.

Only an experienced vein doctor can determine which kind of sclerotherapy you need. If you are considering getting treatment for varicose veins or spider veins, it is always best to go to an experienced medical professional for a thorough evaluation.

Effectiveness of Sclerotherapy

After your first session of sclerotherapy, you might need to come back for another session to completely eliminate your spider veins or varicose veins. Sclerotherapy usually eliminates between 50 and 80 percent of problem veins during each treatment. You can expect your spider veins to fade within three to six weeks of the procedure, while larger varicose veins might take a little longer.

Is Sclerotherapy Right For You?

Most people with varicose veins or spider veins can use sclerotherapy to treat their vein disease with very few side effects. The procedure involves at most a very minimal amount of pain, so there is no reason to let fear put you off. To find out more about sclerotherapy and schedule an evaluation to find out whether it is right for you, get in touch with the Vein Treatment Center today. The helpful staff can answer your questions about venous insufficiency and vein disease, including helping you find out if insurance covers spider vein treatment and varicose vein treatment.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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