Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Commonly Asked Questions
Is treatment necessary?
Which treatment is best?
Is the loss of the vein a problem?
Will my veins come back?
What procedures are not covered
If I loss weight will my varicose
veins get better?
Where can I get additional information?
1. Is treatment necessary?
Often no treatment other than
lifestyle measures are needed.but
this should be assessed by a physician.(link)
Lifestyle measures will often
help relieve symptoms and prevent
worsening of your varicose veins.
People with complications like
phlebitis, bleeding varicose veins,
ulcers and swelling usually require
treatment above and beyond lifestyle
measures. Many people choose additional
treatments if lifestyle measures
do not improve their symptoms
or to improve how the varicose
2. Which treatment is best?
There is not one type of treatment
that is perfect for everyone.
The type of treatment that is
best for you will be determined
by the size and location of the
veins in addition to the underlying
cause. You also have to consider
the invasiveness, potential risk
and cost of the procedure. Often
there is more than one treatment
choice available and then you
must help us weigh the pros and
cons to decide what is best for
you. (link to vein treatments)
Hopefully, by reading and understanding
the information presented here,
you will have a better basis for
understanding and participating
in your treatment decisions.
3. Is the loss of the vein
No. There are many superficial
veins in the leg and after treatment
to the abnormal veins blood is
diverted back to the healthy veins.
The saphenous vein is used as
a graft for coronary artery bypass
surgery sometimes. The saphenous
can not be used if it is removed,
tied or sealed (EVLT). Other vessels
are able to be used instead.
4. Will my veins come back?
Varicose veins can come back months
to years after any type of treatment.
Almost all people have significant
improvement following treatment
of their varicose veins if the
right procedure is done in the
right person. Many people with
large varicose veins will require
more than one type of treatment.
Most results should be durable
but should be reassessed occasionally.
Minor treatments may be required
for new areas that develop. You
can decrease the chance of the
veins returning by using lifestyle
5. What procedures are not
covered by OHIP?
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy for spider
6. If I loss weight will my
varicose veins get better?
Often it will improve symptoms
but the existing damage will not
be reversed. It will also help
prevent further damage.
7. Where can I get additional
There are many excellent resources
for further information about
venous insufficiency, spider veins
and varicose veins. We have provided
some preferred links.
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