What are the precautions to be taken after sclerotherapy?
Patients are encouraged not to remove the stockings until 2-3 weeks post procedure
(as advised by their doctor). If they are removed too early, blood will return into
the vein and it will clot, leaving a brown staining. This staining can fade over the
following months but sometimes it can become permanent.
What are the complications of Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is often associated with bruising and staining at the injection site.
This is normal and usually resolves in approximately a couple of weeks. Some people
will get brown stains but these are usually the people who remove their stockings
against medical advice, before the recommended time.
Very rarely, patients may get an ulcer. This occurs when some of the sclerosant
enters into a microscopic artery. Fortunately this is very rare.
Allergic reactions to the sclerosant (injected drug) are rare. Rarely, deep vein
thrombosis may occur if the drug is injected or seeps into the deep veins.