Chapter 15: Sclerotherapy for Venous Disease

Original authors:  Niren Angle, John J. Bergan, Joshua I. Greenberg,  and J. Leonel Villavicencio

Abstracted by Teresa L. Carman


  • Introduction
  • Indications (reasons) for using sclerotherapy
  • Contraindications (reasons not to use) to sclerotherapy
  • How is sclerotherapy performed?
  • Complications (problems) of sclerotherapy
  • Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Commonly asked questions
    • Do I need surgery for my veins?
    • Will I need only one treatment or more?
    • Will my insurance pay for this therapy?
    • How long will I be off work after the procedure?


The information provided here is to serve as a guideline regarding one possible treatment (sclerotherapy) and what to expect. Therapy is very individualized to a single patient and the best treatment options for your condition should be discuss with physicians skilled in the evaluation and treatment of vein problems. Most patients will require several sclerotherapy treatments to fully treat their venous disease and may have veins return over a period of time requiring further therapy.

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