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Sclerotherapy Specialist

Louisiana Heart and Vascular

Interventional Cardiologists & Internal Medicine located in Covington, Mandeville, Hammond, Franklinton, and Slidell, LA

Sclerotherapy is a simple, in-office procedure that eliminates unsightly, uncomfortable spider veins and small varicose veins. At Louisiana Heart and Vascular, board-certified interventional cardiologist Farhad Aduli, MD, offers sclerotherapy to help you find relief from the pain, swelling, and discoloration that these veins cause. To find out if sclerotherapy is right for your vein problems, call the Covington or Mandeville, Louisiana, office for an appointment or use the online booking tool.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment of choice for varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a special solution directly into the diseased vein. The sclerosing solution causes the vein to scar and close off. Your body then redirects your blood flow to healthier nearby veins. 

Over the course of a few weeks or months, your body absorbs the collapsed vein and the discoloration and swelling fades. 

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

If you have visible spider and/or varicose veins on your legs, you may be a candidate for sclerotherapy. You may choose treatment because the veins are unsightly or because they’re causing other symptoms, such as: 

  • Painful, aching legs
  • Heavy or fatigued legs
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
  • Burning and itching

If you’re pregnant or nursing, you should wait to have sclerotherapy performed as your problem veins may resolve on their own. 

More severe varicose veins may not effectively resolve in response to sclerotherapy. Dr. Aduli often uses sclerotherapy on small varicose veins and spider veins but recommends radiofrequency ablation to address larger, puffier varicose veins.

What should I expect during a sclerotherapy appointment?

Sclerotherapy is performed in the office of Louisiana Heart and Vascular. A fine needle is used to inject the sclerosing agent. More superficial spider veins may not require a topical anesthetic, but with deeper varicose veins, he may apply it to reduce your sensation. 

Once the medication is injected, you may have mild cramping or stinging. You need to wear compression stockings for several days after your treatment and stay away from strenuous activity for a short time. 

When will I see the effects of sclerotherapy treatments?

It takes a few weeks for your body to absorb the treated veins. Any discoloration they caused may take a few months to completely fade away. 

Sometimes, several sclerotherapy treatments are necessary to get you the results you desire. Your provider at Louisiana Heart and Vascular customizes your treatment plan to improve your quality of life.

If you’re ready to get rid of uncomfortable and ugly spider and varicose veins, call one of the offices of Louisiana Heart and Vascular or schedule your consultation online to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.