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What is sclerotherapy?

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The next question is what is sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is a time-honored methodology of removing varicose veins. Before major surgery, that was the first way to remove large varicosities and sclerotherapy means the injection of a solution into the veins which effectively destroys the veins by irritating the inner lining of the vein. Through the years, with the advent of surgery, followed by radiofrequency and laser therapy, it has been supplanted in its treatment of larger varicosities and truncal vein problems including the greater saphenous vein and lesser saphenous vein reflex with insufficiency. Sclerotherapy today in our practice is used for the treatment of small blue reticular veins as well as spider veins. We perform sclerotherapy every day in our practice with very nice results.

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