There have been multiple research studies conducted on the effectiveness of Sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose and spider veins.
One study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery in 2008, found that sclerotherapy was an effective treatment for both varicose and spider veins, with a success rate of 80-90%. The study also found that the procedure was well-tolerated and had a low risk of complications.
Another study published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery in 2009, found that sclerotherapy was effective in the treatment of spider veins, with a success rate of 80-90%. The study also found that patients who received sclerotherapy experienced a significant improvement in symptoms such as aching, swelling, and heaviness in the legs.
Results of a study published in the Journal of Dermatology in 2012, showed that sclerotherapy was effective in the treatment of varicose veins with success rates as high as 80-95%.
A more recent study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 2020, found that foam sclerotherapy was an effective and safe treatment option for varicose veins and had high success rates than liquid sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy involves injecting a foam solution into the affected vein, which causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear. The foam solution is more effective than liquid solutions, as it covers a larger area and stays in the vein for a longer period.
However, it is important to note that sclerotherapy may not permanently cure varicose or spider veins in one session of treatment. New veins may appear over time that may turn varicose. To achieve optimal results, multiple treatment sessions are typically required. The number of sessions needed will depend on the size and location of the affected vein and the individual’s overall health. The healthcare provider will evaluate the individual’s specific vein condition and determine the appropriate number of treatment sessions.
Though generally considered a safe procedure, Sclerotherapy may not be suitable for everyone. Some individuals may not be good candidates for sclerotherapy due to certain medical conditions or other factors.
It is also important to mention that individuals who should not undergo sclerotherapy include:
- Pregnant women, as the safety of the procedure during pregnancy is not established.
- Individuals with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), as the procedure may cause DVT to worsen.
- Individuals with certain blood clotting disorders, as the procedure may increase the risk of clotting.
- Individuals with a history of an allergic reaction to the sclerosant solution used in the procedure.
- Individuals who have an active infection or skin disease near the area to be treated.
- Individuals who have a history of keloid scarring, as the procedure may cause keloid scars to develop.
Nowadays, new techniques exist which are more advanced than traditional sclerotherapy. These include Microfoam sclerotherapy, Endovenous laser therapy, and Radiofrequency ablation. A thorough assessment by a healthcare professional is essential to determine the best course of treatment for your Vein condition.
Call Avis Vascular Center today and let our doctors evaluate the best treatment option for your vein conditions.
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