What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment used for varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting an unwanted vein with a soap soap solution.

How does it work?

The injectable solutions that we use at our clinic are called Tromboject® or Sclerodex®. Tromboject contains sodium tetradecyl sulfate. When injected into the unwanted vein, this solution irritates the vein wall causing it to become ‘sticky’ and when compression is applied the vein sticks shut much like Velcro. Sclerodex is a much milder agent used for very tiny spider veins.

Sclerotherapy is a very effective way to treat unwanted veins and most patients can expect to see a 50 to 90 percent improvement with a series of 4-8 treatments, depending on the severity of the condition. Compression stockings are a necessary and essential part of sclerotherapy to ensure your treatment’s efficacy. At ArtMed we conduct a thorough consultation and examination to determine if you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy.

At ArtMed, we carry both Sigvaris and Achi brand compression wear. Compression wear comes in many colours and styles so it’s easy to find something you will like to wear.  Wearing compression also improves venous return to the heart so you’ll feel better when you wear it. Learn more about compression stockings. See here for more details.

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