Sclerotherapy FAQ

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Ella Fedonenko

Do you use a local anesthetic?
No local anesthetic is used because it would be more painful than the Sclerotherapy injections. The needle used to inject the solution is very small.

I am afraid of needles. Can this be done under general anesthesia?
This procedure is not performed under anesthesia unless it is performed in combination with a surgical procedure such as vein ligation and stripping. An anesthetic cream may be applied to the area.

How long does the treatment take?
The treatment takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are treated.

What kind of dressing is used?
A thigh-high compression stocking is applied to each treated leg after the injections and is worn for 1-3 weeks, depending on the size of the vessels treated.

Can I drive myself home?
You should be able to drive home after the treatment.

Do I need to take days off from work?
You may want to take off a day from work on the day that you have your Sclerotherapy treatment. This way, you can keep your legs elevated. It’s okay to return to work the next day.
Exercise is limited for 1 week to 10 days due to the necessity of wearing the compression stocking.