If you’re one of the 40 million Americans with varicose veins, it might be time to consider sclerotherapy. At Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, the providers offer minimally invasive sclerotherapy treatments to collapse enlarged, damaged veins and improve the health of your legs. Sclerotherapy requires minimal recovery time and provides long-lasting results. Call the office in Somerville, New Jersey, to schedule a sclerotherapy consultation or book an appointment online today.

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What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure to treat spider veins and varicose veins that affect the aesthetic appearance of your legs or cause uncomfortable symptoms.

Spider veins are small, web-like veins that are visible under the surface of your skin. Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins that develop when damaged valves in your veins allow blood to flow backward and pool in the vessel.

During sclerotherapy treatment, your Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, provider injects a chemical solution into your damaged vein. It irritates your vein and eventually causes it to collapse. The specialists offer Varithena®, an injectable foam that seals and eventually collapses the damaged vein.

Blood in the vessel moves to healthier veins to improve your blood circulation. Over time, your body naturally reabsorbs the treated vein.

When should I consider sclerotherapy?

You might be a candidate for sclerotherapy at Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, if you have varicose veins that affect how you feel about your appearance or cause symptoms, such as:

  • Leg pain
  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Heaviness
  • Cramping

The providers offer exams to determine if you’re a candidate for sclerotherapy. They review your medical history and may request ultrasound imaging of your veins to ensure the treatment is right for you.

What can I expect during sclerotherapy?

During your sclerotherapy treatment, you can expect to lie comfortably on an exam table. Before injecting the chemical solution into your damaged vein, the Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, provider cleans the treatment area.

They use a thin needle to inject the solution into your vein. That may cause some mild leg cramping or discomfort.

Depending on your needs, your provider can treat more than one vein in the same appointment to improve the overall blood circulation in your legs.

How long does it take to recover from sclerotherapy?

You can expect to start walking around soon after your procedure is complete to lower your risk for blood clots. While you can return to most of your usual activities right away, you should avoid strenuous exercise for about two weeks.

It can take up to six weeks for spider veins to go away and four months for large varicose veins to disappear. Your provider can recommend compression socks for a few weeks to support your blood circulation and prevent new varicose veins from developing.

Schedule a consultation online or call Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, today to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.