What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and “spider veins.” During sclerotherapy, the physician injects a solution directly into the affected vein. Over time, the vessel fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been used since the 1930s.
How is sclerotherapy done?
Sclerotherapy is performed in a doctor’s office. The treatment area is cleansed. The solution (Dr. Hodge uses hypertonic saline or Asclera) is injected directly into the blood vessel, using very fine needles. The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins, and the patient’s overall medical condition. Compression stockings are worn immediately after the procedure to keep the solution in contact with the vessel walls.