Sclerotherapy Treatment for Varicose Veins
This injection technique does not require any anesthesia and is performed right at the Pierre Larose Clinic. It entails treating the branches of the saphenous vein (superficial) by injecting an irritating substance (in foam or liquid form) into the varicose vein using a thin needle, which causes the affected vein to shrink and harden, and eventually close (sclerosis), such that it disappears over a period of approximately six months and does not reappear. Depending on the severity of the condition, the treatment may require several sessions, each of which includes 20 to 40 injections.
However, sclerotherapy does not prevent the onset of new varicose veins, and therefore, follow-up sessions are important in order to keep resurgences under control.
Work stoppage is not required, and regular activities can resume immediately after the varicose vein treatment. Wearing support hosiery for 48 hours is recommended.
The cost of sclerotherapy treatment is not covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec, but many private insurance companies reimburse part or all of the costs related to this treatment. Ask your insurance company’s representative for more information.