Sclerotherapy: Side Effects and Recovery.

sclerotherapy side effects and recovery.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that includes injecting a fluid into a vein. It causes the vein to scar and blood to redirect through healthier veins. The vein that has collapsed is reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue and finally fades away.

Thereafter the treated veins usually diminish within a few weeks after or also it takes a month or more in certain cases to observe the full benefits. Multiple sclerotherapy treatments may be required in some cases. But the good thing is that the treatment is not painful and no anesthesia is required.

What are the side effects of varicose veins?

  • Skin allergies: For a few days after the injection, skin allergies such as pimples or rashes may emerge near the injection site.
  • Lumpy or hard veins: When larger veins are injected, this is more likely to happen. This may last for a few months after treatment.
  • Brown lines: These can persist three to six months if they emerge and are caused by a type of iron that leaves the blood near the injection site.
  • Itching pr swelling: it happens at the injection site, probably due to a little allergic reaction that will go away fast.
  • Bruising: Usually happens near the injection site and goes away in a few days or weeks. And is dependent on how soon you usually heal injuries.
  • Raised rare areas: Appear at or near the injection site and fade away in a matter of days.
  • Blushing: These invisible blood vessels can arise at any time. It’s perfectly natural and doesn’t necessitate any more treatment. They’ll be gone in a few months at the most.

These are those side effects that can disappear in a week or month but there are some other side effects.

Some harmful side effects of varicose veins are:

  • Swelling in legs
  • Blood clot
  • Red streaking near the groin
  • Air bubble

If you find any of these side effects then contact your doctor as soon as possible.

How to recover quickly from sclerotherapy?

Rest your body

After the procedure, it’s very important to give rest to your body. If you take a good rest then it helps you in a rapid recovery. So, take the advantage of your medical leaves and go for a rest.


As soon as your procedure is done your doctor recommends the walking exercise. Generally, you notice bruises in your leg area, and to overcome this they recommend you for walking exercise. Moreover,  It helps to increase the blood flow to your leg and also reduces the risk of blood clots. But you can not perform heavy exercise like dancing or playing sports. However, your legs should rest appropriately at least for a week for a full recovery but a casual walk is sufficient for a good recovery.

Stay away from sunlight

When exposed to direct sunshine, there is a considerable risk of black patches forming near the injection location. Avoiding exposure to direct sunlight is quite useful. If you’re still recovering and have rashes or bruises, don’t expose them because it will aggravate them and slow down your healing.

Take a bath regularly

Take a proper bath but after the 1 or 2 days i.e. after the procedure and also not wipe the injected areas rashly.
And if you are not recovering properly then consult your doctor as soon as possible.
As it is the most common treatment. It’s a simple injection procedure that helps to disappear the bludged veins. So because of this it also causes side effects but they can disappear in days or months. Only you required the proper treatment and guidance.
But if you have still any trouble in the recovery then you can contact Dr.Nikhil Bansal . He is one of the best Interventional radiologists in Jaipur. He will not keep you in any sort of dilemma and confusion at all. Discuss your problem and get the options for treatment. Go and make an appointment.