What is sclerotherapy?
For people who’re suffering from cosmetic concerns or discomfort of varicose, reticular or spider veins, Dr. Jarret Morrow MD CCFP offers comprehensive consultations and treatments in South Edmonton at the Serene Radiance Laser Centre in Rutherford.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure in which a medication is injected into diseased veins (spider and varicose veins) which essentially irritates the vein causing it to eventually collapse and disappear. Successful treatment may improve both the appearance of these disease veins and reduce the associated discomfort. (hint, it works better with the use of compression stockings, post-procedure).
If you are choosing Dr. Morrow at Serene Radiance Rutherford to assess your venous concerns, we’d like to provide you with important information about the procedure and preparation before your procedure. Continue reading to find out more pertinent information.
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Dr. Jarret Morrow MD
Serene Radiance Rutherford
Your First Appointment
Your first appointment will be for consultation purposes. You will be examined by Dr. Morrow for signs and symptoms of venous disease. We do not often provide treatment at your first appointment. There will be some paperwork to complete including a consent form and pertinent history.
What to bring with you at your visits?
- Please bring a comfortable pair of shorts for the visit. You’ll also want to have some loose fitting / comfortable pair of pants to wear home (after your treatment)
- Your valid Alberta Health card
For your treatment visit
- Do not shave or apply lotion to your legs one day before your appointment
- Please eat before your appointment, it’s advisable to not arrive on an empty stomach
- If possible, please avoid a week before your appointment:
- Supplements: Ginseng, Vitamin E, Garlic, Omega-3, and St. John’s Wort
- Alcohol (48 hours)
- NSAID’s (such as Ibuprofen).
- If you are taking blood thinners, prednisone, or
- You are not eligible for treatment if you’re are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Compression stockings. These are an important component of our therapy approach. You can get fitted for compression stockings at our clinic. Please bring them with you if you already own them. Prescriptions for compression stockings will be provided after you see Dr. Morrow. The cost for compression stockings is usually covered by health plans.
Sclerotherapy procedures typically take 20-45 minutes depending on patient factors. Patients will typically require 2-6 treatments.
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While sclerotherapy doesn’t always work, clients can see 80% resolution of spider and varicose veins. Results are seen in 2-4 weeks post-treatment.
- Avoid heavy exercise for two weeks
- Wear stockings during the day for two weeks or longer
- Avoid sun exposure while marks are visible
- Avoid alcohol or aspirin for 24 hrs.
For smaller spider veins, clients can typically resume normal activities right after treatment. For larger varicose veins, typically after 48 hrs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should not get sclerotherapy?
- Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Allergy to product
- Under 18 or over 65 years of age
- Previous DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Travel plans post-procedure in the next month
- Other health conditions such as bleeding disorders, medications that increase bleeding, peripheral vascular disease, and others.
What are the potential complications of sclerotherapy?
- It might not work!
- Pain of injection
- Pigmentation changes
- DVT – deep vein thrombosis