How Effective is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment. When used alone success rates are between 80-90%. The procedure is sometimes used in conjunction with Endovenous Laser Ablation or Vein Glue and in these cases the success rates go up above 98%.
What are the Side Effects from the Treatment?
Most people do experience some mild side effects from the treatment. These are temporary and usually resolve within a few weeks after treatment.
The most common one of these is a mild allergic reaction causing itching and swelling for 24-48 hours post treatment. It is due to the sclerosing agent and sometimes tiny blood vessels may form in the area which go away over the next 4-6 weeks. Patients may also have a dull ache and heaviness in the legs after the treatment. Most patients do not need to take anything for this but paracetamol or nurofen can be taken if necessary. The other main side effect is bruising which often occurs a few days after treatment and last for 2-3 weeks before fading away.
In extremely rare cases, more serious complication can occur after sclerotherapy. Seek medical care immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Acute inflammation or swelling in the injected region.
- Small ulcers or wounds forming at the injection site.
- Swelling in one or both legs immediately after treatment.
Chest pain after the procedure which can indicate DVT or Pulmonary Embolism.