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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an intravenous procedure performed to treat varicose and spider veins. Along with sclerotherapy, The Heart Hospital Baylor offers a variety of varicose vein treatments, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser therapy (ELVT), foam sclerotherapy, and vein stripping.

Sclerotherapy uses a liquid chemical to close off a varicose vein. The chemical is injected into the vein to cause irritation and scarring inside the vein. The irritation and scarring will cause the vein to close off, and it fades away. Closing varicose veins usually doesn't cause problems with blood flow because the blood starts moving through over veins.

This procedure often is used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. It can be done in your doctor's office, while you stand.

Treatments are typically done every four to six weeks, and you may need several treatments to completely close off a vein. Following treatments, your legs will be wrapped in elastic bandaging to help with healing and decrease swelling.

​Who Needs Sclerotherapy?

Some people who have varicose veins choose to have procedures to improve how their veins look. If varicose veins cause few symptoms, your doctor may simply suggest making lifestyle changes. If your symptoms are more severe, your doctor may recommend one or more medical procedures. For example, you may need a medical procedure if you have a lot of pain, blood clots, or skin disorders caused by your varicose veins.

What Are the Side Effects?

Common side effects right after most of these procedures include bruising, swelling, skin discoloration, and slight pain.

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

W​hy The Heart Hospital Baylor?

The Heart Hospital Baylor is a leading hospital for performing surgical and interventional procedures for heart and vascular diseases. Our combination of patient-centered care and innovative treatment methods offers you a safe and comfortable experience as a guest at The Heart Hospital. As innovators in cardiovascular care, the surgeons and interventional specialists on the medical staff offer advanced treatment approaches to provide safe, quality care.

For a physician referral, contact 1.855.9BAYLOR (1.855.922.9567).

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