Sclerotherapy refers to injections of a sclerosing (irritating) liquid into varicose or spider veins using tiny needles. The solution pushes the blood out of the vein, initially causing it to blanch (turn pale). The vein collapses, closes down and then disappears over time. It is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in clinic without anesthesia, and most patients experience pleasing results. In very rare cases, conditions may become worse after treatment. Spider veins may reappear in some patients after treatments, and approximately 10% of veins treated persist after multiple treatments. Additional treatments may be required. Some veins do not respond to sclerotherapy, and new spider veins can develop near the site of a previous injection.
After several treatments most patients can expect 50-90% improvement. However, fading is gradual, usually over several months, with complete disappearance achieved in most cases. The number of treatments will vary for each patient, depending on the size and number of veins involved. Several veins can be injected at each session. One to six treatments may be needed, but the average is three to four. Treatment plans are tailored to each patient and agreed upon by the patient and the vein specialist.
Whether you are looking for treatment for spider and varicose veins or a more complex vein problem, The UAB Vein Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.
As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease.
The clinic, located at UAB Hospital-Highlands, provides outpatient care, while more intensive treatment is provided at UAB Hospital. The UAB Vein Clinic is part of the larger UAB Vein Program. As the only program of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is designed to care for a wide range of venous problems.
When you choose UAB Medicine to care for your vein condition, you gain instant access to physicians who are leaders in the most complex vascular conditions and offer the latest in cutting-edge treatment options.
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