Instructions after Sclerotherapy
The treated leg will be wrapped with compression. This should be left in place for 2 days, including wearing them at night. The compression support is important. This keeps the veins collapsed so there is less of a chance that blood will re-enter the injected area.
Since taking hot baths, whirlpools or saunas dilates small veins, avoid this for 2 weeks after sclerotherapy. You should use a sponge bath or cover the dressing while bathing.
Any activity that puts pressure on the abdomen may enlarge the veins by forcing blood into them. Do not do heavy weight lifting, sit-ups and aerobic exercises, such as jogging, for 2-3 days.
If a larger vein is used you may be asked to return to the office 1-2 weeks later. Any blood clots can be taken care of early. The next treatment should not be scheduled sooner than 3 weeks after the initial injection.
Stay out of the sun for 2-3 weeks after sclerotherapy. The skin may darken at the injection site.
Some patients may notice some pain at the injection site. An anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen or Tylenol) may be taken for this. Use these instead of Aspirin, which may cause increased bruising. Severe pain and/or swelling is not normal. You should call the clinic at (608) 263-8915 if any redness, draining, warmth or more tenderness develops. Slight tenderness is normal.
After 2 days, you should remove the compression dressing and take a normal shower. The gauze compression pads are often taped in place using paper tape. The paper tape may stick to the skin and cause blisters. If the tape is stuck too snugly to the skin, soak it off in the shower with some gentle soap.
After the shower, apply your prescription compression stockings. It is important to keep the veins compressed so they don’t try to fill up with blood again. You should wear your compression stockings every day, except when sleeping, for 2 weeks. After this, wear the stockings as much as possible, especially when at work or standing for long periods.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 10/30/2012
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