Spider Vein Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for spider veins. The method has been used since the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, so it is safe to say that spider vein sclerotherapy has over 100 years of evidence for its efficiency and usefulness.
Using a fine needle, vein doctors inject a saline substance directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing the vein to swell up and the blood to clot. Scar tissue is formed by the vein and causes it to fade from view. The substances used for sclerotherapy are hypertonic saline and sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and polidocanol. After treatment, the veins are wrapped with compression bandages that cause the vein walls to fuse together. The vein doctor will also set a walking schedule for the treated individual so that blood will be forced to flow through other veins and prevent blood clots.