The Benefits and Costs of Sclerotherapy to Treat Varicose Veins

What is Sclerotherapy?

It is a procedure in which a solution called sclerosant is injected in to the veins. The treatment causes the veins to scar and collapse and thus redirects bloods through healthier veins.
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Sclerotherapy is used for the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins. It improves the appearance of your skin and relieve symptoms associate with spider and varicose veins such as night cramps, swelling, aching and burning.

Success Rate of Sclerotherapy

Some sources say that sclerotheraphy is effective in around 50 percent of the patients. According to Van den Bos R, et al. (2009). Endovenous therapies of lower extremity varicosities: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vascular Surgery, the success rate is 80 percent and only 20 percent of the patients do not benefit from the procedure.

The treatment is effective in spider veins and small varicose veins. Larger varicose veins may not respond well to the treatment. According to the MedicineNet, varicose veins up to 15 millimeter responds well to the procedure.
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Benefits of Sclerotherapy

•    It is effective in most cases
•    It takes only a few minutes
•    You may not need an overnight stay in the hospital
•    It is less expensive than surgery
•    The pain lasts only for a few minutes

Risks of Sclerotherapy

•    The discoloration of the skin
•    Not covered by insurance
•    Scarring
•    Reaction to sclerosant
•    Blood clots
•    Visual disturbance
•    Stroke
•    Risk of infection
•    Severe inflammation
•    Works only on spider veins and small varicose veins

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a guide for NHS wherein it advises doctors to inform the patients of the associated risk such as temporary chest tightness, dry cough, headaches and visual disturbance.

According to Mayo Clinic, Sclerotherapy is fairly safe but may involve complication and side effects, which include red blood vessels, skin sores, bruising, inflammation, blood clot, and allergic reaction.

How Much Does it Cost?

Sclerotherapy is not covered by insurance and you may have to pay for the procedure. The main reason is that is not covered is because it is mostly done for cosmetic purposes.

If you are living in the UK, it is covered if the veins are causing a significant amount of pain. For cosmetic purposes, NHS does not cover it. According to the NHS source, your doctor may advise you a self-care plan or improvement advice for six months before referring you for Sclerotherapy. The self-care may include:
•    Use of compression socks
•    Regular exercise
•    Raise the position of the legs
•    Not to stand for longer periods

The cost varies depending upon the number of treatments, the area and the size. According to Australian Vein Clinic, the typical cost of Sclerotherapy is from $370 to $550.

According to Docshop, the cost of Sclerotherapy varies depending upon the size, amount of veins and the number of treatment. People who went through the treatment have paid anything between $200 to $1500.

Over the Counter Solution

There are several over the counter solution available offline as well as online. Some of them work while others have received negative reviews from users. Any over the counter solution should be treated only as self-care measure. Other life style changes should be also be taken at the same time to get maximum results.

H-Varicose formula is a homeopathic formula obtained from all natural and herbal ingredients. According to the manufacturer, H-Varicose formula offers instant relief from the discomfort of varicose and spider veins. It costs only a couple of dollars and is a lot less expensive than the Sclerotherapy treatment.

The content of this article and website is not a substitute of professional medical advice. This is only for information purposes and you should seek medical advice before taking any treatment.



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