Varicose veins treatment
What is sclerotherapy?
Most cases of varicose veins can now be treated by sclerotherapy. The treatment consists of injecting a solution directly into the vein. This causes the vein to dry up and disappear leaving no trace. The blood simply flows to other functional veins which is beneficial.
Larger veins require injections guided by fibre optic light or ultrasound called Echosclerosis.
Why should I treat my varicose veins?
This treatment improves circulation and reduces the heaviness, cramping, inflammation and other symptoms associated with varicose veins. In addition to aesthetic improvement, it will prevent long-term complications.
What are the side effects and complications associated with varicose veins treatment?
The standard procedure is administered with an ultra-fine needle, making it practically pain-free. There will be bruising for 1-2 weeks. Brown patches may also appear, but they will fade over time. More extreme complications are rare like deep vein thrombosis and injection in a artery.
Can I promptly resume my activities (or usual routine) after the injections?
You can return to your regular activities immediately after treatment. You must, however, avoid intense exercise on that day. We recommend not exposing your legs to sunlight during 10 days to avoid the development of unsightly sunspots. It is also recommended to wear compression or support stockings for a week following treatment to improve results.
What about stripping?
Stripping is a more invasive surgical technique. It consists of pulling the varicose vein out from under the skin using minimal incisions. Previously, this surgery was routine for the treatment of severe varicose veins. General anaesthesia and a work stoppage of three weeks is required. Now it is more considered a last recourse.
Gladly new technologies like the echosclerosis allow us to avoid stripping in most cases.
Other practical information
Most private insurances partially reimburse the cost of the treatment.
The number of sessions depends on the severity and extent of your condition. One treatment is enough for some patients, while 15 are required for others. Dr. Lafond and Dr. Mandeville will inform you at your first consultation.
For severe case, surgery or echosclerosis ( done at our clinic ) will be the only option.
The injections are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or patients with a history of deep-vein thrombosis.