What to Expect from Sclerotherapy for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Aug 07, 2023
What to Expect from Sclerotherapy for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
In the battle against chronic venous insufficiency, sclerotherapy stands as a beacon of hope. As a minimally invasive, yet highly effective procedure, it paves the way to a life free from discomfort and pain.

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can cause relentless discomfort, swelling, and aching in the legs. If you're living with chronic venous insufficiency, you don't have to live with these symptoms. Sclerotherapy is a time-tested solution. 

This nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure can turn the tide in your fight against CVI, providing the relief you've been longing for. Our team at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, places you, the patient, at the heart of our practice. 

Our commitment is to provide the highest quality care, combining advanced methods like sclerotherapy with a compassionate, patient-focused approach. Let's explore what you can expect from sclerotherapy for chronic venous insufficiency.

Treatment for chronic venous insufficiency

Sclerotherapy has been a trusted method of treating problematic veins for over a century. The procedure involves injecting a solution (sclerosant) directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and gradually fade away. The body then reroutes the blood through healthier veins, alleviating symptoms of CVI.

At Carolina Heart and Leg Center, our clinicians are experienced in sclerotherapy, performing the procedure with meticulous care to ensure safety, effectiveness, and minimal discomfort for the patient.

The sclerotherapy procedure

An outpatient procedure, sclerotherapy typically takes between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number and size of veins being treated. After thoroughly cleaning the treatment area, we use a fine needle to inject the sclerosant into the affected veins.


You may feel slight discomfort or cramping for 1-2 minutes during the procedure, but in general, sclerotherapy is well-tolerated. After the injection, we apply compression and massage the treated areas to disperse the sclerosant and close the veins.

Postprocedure care and recovery

The recovery process following sclerotherapy is typically quick and straightforward. You will be instructed to wear compression stockings or bandages for a few days to weeks after the treatment to promote healing and vein closure.

Regular walking and moderate physical activity are typically encouraged after the procedure to enhance blood flow. You should avoid strenuous exercise and sun exposure. Normal daily activities can be resumed almost immediately, with any minor side effects, such as bruising or small sores usually disappearing within a few weeks.

An effective solution

Sclerotherapy is an effective solution for many patients suffering from CVI. The procedure can eliminate up to 80% of injected veins with each session. However, while sclerotherapy can treat the veins causing your symptoms, it doesn’t prevent new varicose or spider veins from forming.

At Carolina Heart and Leg Center, we focus on the long-term health and comfort of our patients. Regular checkups and early detection of new problematic veins can help maintain the positive results of your sclerotherapy.

Help for bothersome CVI symptoms

With a blend of advanced techniques and a patient-centric approach, we’re dedicated to helping you manage CVI and regain control of your life.

Our team of seasoned professionals works tirelessly to ensure the highest standards of care during and after your sclerotherapy procedure. If you're considering this treatment, we're here to answer your questions, guide you through the process, and provide the support you need for a smooth recovery and improved quality of life. 

Take the first step toward improved vein health today by scheduling a consultation with our expert team.  Call or book online today. Your journey to comfort, mobility, and wellness starts here at Carolina Heart and Leg Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.