Scleropathy: The Procedure and Aftercare
Scleropathy is a medical procedure used to treat a number of circulatory problems and conditions, particularly varicose veins (trunk and reticular), spider veins and CVI (chronic venous insufficiency). Whilst milder cases of these conditions can be relieved and treated with the use of compression stockings, more serious instances need more drastic treatments such as scleropathy, although this is a far less painful alternative to full surgery.
The process of scleropathy basically involves injecting a chemical or foam solution into the affected veins to scar and seal them, by causing the walls of the vein to stick together. Ultrasound is used to pin-point the location for each injection, allowing direct and extremely precise treatment of the damaged parts of the vein. Eventually the treated vein(s) will die and be harmlessly reabsorbed into the body. The blood flow is naturally redirected via healthy veins, thus overcoming the various circulatory issues. Scleropathy is far less invasive than full surgery and can be done using a local anaesthetic.
Owing to the precise nature of the procedure, a patient can usually go straight home following scleropathy treatment, with minimal pain and discomfort. However, there are some measures which should be taken to ensure its successful outcome and prevent the recurrence of the problem.
NON-SURGICAL TREAMENT AND PREVENTION
Wearing medical stockings after scleropathy will help to promote healing by stopping the treated veins from reopening and reducing any potential bruising. This is particularly important when undertaking any form of exercise and walking is encouraged as an additional healing measure. Both over-the-counter and prescription stockings are available, depending on the needs of the individual and should be worn at all times for the first few days following the procedure. As with many such conditions, elevating the legs when seated is also beneficial to the circulation and works well in conjunction with the use of compression stockings.